William (Bill) Leech, a long- time member of the underground construction, tunnel and mining industries, died in January 2016 in Tucson, Arizona, aged 70. Leech was raised in Northern California and earned a BS degree in Mining and Metallurgy from the University of Nevada, Reno. Following graduation, he was accepted into the officer candidate school of the US Navy in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps commission.
During his career of more than 40 years, Leech worked for many major contracting, engineering and construction management firms, his career path taking him and his wife Peggy to many locations overseas. They spent extended stays in Peru, where their son was born, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Canada and Taiwan.
Upon retirement, he and Peggy moved to Tubac, Arizona, where they enjoyed the relaxed life until the illness that took his life.
Leech is survived by his wife, Peggy; his daughter, Sarah Leech; his son, Thomas Leech; a granddaughter, Isobell Leech and a sister, Karen Mansene.
He was a devoted family man, a true professional in his career, and a superior friend to many.