William K. Dial

Date of Birth

February 17, 1940

Date of Death

January 5, 2023

William K. Dial, 82, died peacefully in Santa Barbara, CA on January 5th, 2023, after succumbing to AML (acute myeloid leukemia). Bill was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 17, 1940, to Col. Richard J. Dial and Lucille Keck Dial. He was an army brat who lived everywhere the Army sent his father: Ft. Benning, GA, Ft. Hamilton, NY, in Yokohama, Ft. McPherson, GA., and in Anchorage, Alaska where Bill spent 3 summers. Bill graduated from Andover in 1957 and from Yale in 1961. From June 1961 to June 1964 Bill was in an armored battalion in Germany, 8th Infantry Division as a heavy truck company commander. Bill graduated from law school at Boldt Hall in Berkeley in 1967 and practiced as an attorney for 37 years in various law firms in Los Angeles. He retired in 2008 when he and his life partner, Maureen, moved to Santa Barbara. Bill volunteered for AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) at San Luis Obispo Men’s Colony and later at Lompoc Federal Prison where he introduced the program into the federal prison system in CA. He was beloved and valued by the incarcerated individuals he worked with.

His brother, Douglas A. Dial died in September 2022. Bill is survived by his life partner, Maureen Murdock, his daughters Kirsten Dial (Jason Spencer) and Karina Dial Bristow (James Bristow), his grandchildren, Tamsin, Imogen and Gareth Dial-Spencer and Alexander and Felix Bristow, and his stepchildren Brendan and Heather Murdock (Paul Gardner), and step grandchildren Ella and Gillian Murdock Gardner. Bill loved to dance, sing, and travel. He was also an avid golfer who played with the Cosmopolitan Club, forming many lasting friendships on and off the course. He was a loving partner, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed for his kindness, fun and gentle soul.


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