Bill’s Legacy

Bill was a man of wide tastes and passions and an ever present sense of humor. As comfortable at elegant state dinners as Boy Scout cookouts, he found ways to engage with others, to find solutions to problems that moved others forward and to lighten loads with humor.

William (Bill) A. Squires was born in Butte on July 14, 1962, and lived in several cities around western Montana as he pursued his professional goals and career. He passed away on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, from complications of progressive muscular atrophy at the age of 54.

Family above all else, Bill and his wife Sherry had a son Tucker and daughter Ashton. With their family traditions, cabin bon fire chats, gentle (and not so gentle) humor, family vacations and Sunday night dinners, the four were a unit of fun and love.

Time on the green and golf road trips. Impromptu fireworks displays (on the other side of the city limits, of course). Fine wines and good food. A well struck snap hook. Cold beer on the deck. Tailgates at Grizzly football games. Bill greeted all of life with optimism, joy in the moment and grace.

Bill grew up in Butte, and was a graduate of Montana Tech with a B.S. in Chemistry (1984) and of The University of Montana School of Law (J.D., 1987). He remained engaged with both alma maters. In 1995, Bill was awarded a Distinguished Alumni award from Montana Tech. Proceeds from the Bill Squires Memorial Annual Golf Tournament will go to the William (Bill) A. Squires Legacy Endowment at Montana Tech.

Bill most recently served as the chief executive officer of Blackfoot, leading the companies through years of growth and expanded opportunities for the company employees, its members and the communities it serves. Bill was a prominent leader in the telecommunications industry, serving in a variety of leadership roles in state and national industry associations. He served as a director of CoBank, Syringa Networks, Alaska Power & Telephone, Missoula Economic Partnership and Vision Net, Inc., and as co-chair of Governor Steve Bullock’s Broadband Key Industry Network committee.

Bill, our friend, you are missed.