Published in the adn.com
from 12/23/2008 - 12/24/2008
William Wayne Wiltrout, 79, died Dec. 16, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical
Center, from complications of a stroke suffered Dec. 15 at his daughter
A memorial service will be at noon Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, 11701 Puma St., in Anchorage. Bishop Michael Milliman
"Coach" Wiltrout, as he is fondly remembered by thousands of
former students, was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Bitner, Pa., to Carl B. and
Mildred M. (Crossland) Wiltrout. After graduation from South Union Township
High School in Uniontown, Pa., he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed
primarily in Marburg, Germany, until his honorable discharge in 1948.
After his military service, Mr. Wiltrout attended West Virginia University,
where he was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and was on the varsity football
and baseball teams. During his college years, he also played minor league
baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates for four seasons.
It was while he was a student at WVU that Mr. Wiltrout met and fell in
love with his future wife, Janet Elisbeth Matheson.
Upon graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree of physical education
in 1953, Mr. Wiltrout spent a year as the head football, basketball and
baseball coach at Haw River High School in Graham, N.C., while his fiancee,
the future Mrs. Wiltrout, studied in France on a Fulbright Scholarship.
On July 31, 1954, Mr. and Mrs. Wiltrout were married in Fairmont, W.Va.,
and "honeymooned" on a cross-country drive from West Virginia
to Alaska, where their new jobs as teachers awaited them. They taught
in Anchorage and Homer from 1954-1957, then returned to West Virginia
University, where they both obtained their graduate degrees in 1958.
Mr. and Mrs. Wiltrout returned to teach in Homer from 1959-1963, during
which time Mr. Wiltrout also served as the high school principal. It was
during these years that their two daughters, Kristin and Kerrie were born.
In 1963, the Wiltrout family moved to Anchorage. Over the next 17 years,
Mr. Wiltrout taught and inspired thousands of students at West Anchorage
High School as a physical education instructor, athletic director, and
coach of football, basketball, cross-country running and track and field
until his retirement in 1979.
Retiring from high school education did nothing to diminish Mr. Wiltrout's
desire to teach and inspire the youth of Alaska. In 1984, Mr. and Mrs.
Wiltrout moved back to Homer, where Mr. Wiltrout spent the next 14 years
between 1984-1998 as a basketball official refereeing junior high and
senior high games all across the state of Alaska until the age of 68.
Mr. and Mrs. Wiltrout left Homer in the summer of 1998 and moved first
to Virginia, and later to Pennsylvania. Following his wife's death in
2001, Mr. Wiltrout spent the summers and autumns in Alaska, dividing his
time between his beloved cabin at Bonnie Lake and Anchorage,with his daughter,
Kerrie, and his grandson, Ian. The winters and springs were spent in Charlottesville,
Va., with his daughter, Kristin, and her family.
Mr. Wiltrout is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kerrie Wiltrout
Daniels and Kelley Jay Daniels of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law,
Kristin and Paul Walker of Earlysville, Va.; grandchildren, Ian William
Fraser, Maya Daniels and Jada Daniels of Anchorage, and Lauren Walker
and Daniel Walker of Earlysville; and his youngest brother, Morgan Wiltrout,
of Coudersport, Pa.
Mr. Wiltrout was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Elisbeth Matheson
Wiltrout; and his brothers, Frances Schubert, who lived in Oregon, and
Von Wiltrout, who lived in Uniontown, Pa.
Friends, colleagues, and former students who would like to send condolences
may mail them to Kerrie Wiltrout Daniels, 11631 Thoreau Circle, Anchorage