William M Doyle

August 27th, 1950 to August 6th, 2017

William Mack Doyle, 66, of Fort Gratiot, died Sunday, August 6, 2017, after a long battle with kidney failure.

Bill was born August 27, 1950 in Detroit to the late John and Sally Doyle. He graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1968. In 1972, he graduated from Michigan State University. He has a Master’s degree in Education from Wayne State University and was near completion on his PhD from Wayne State when his health prohibited him from continuing.

Bill began his teaching career in Sydney, Australia, where he achieved tenure. He then returned to the United States where he continued teaching, primarily with special needs children, at Garfield Elementary, then Chippewa Middle School, and finally at Port Huron High. Bill was a dedicated teacher and received many acknowledgements and awards throughout his career. He was known to many as “Coach Doyle”, as he coached tennis and Quiz Bowl; taking the PHHS Quiz Bowl team to the state finals nearly every year.

Bill had a rare passion for life and immersed himself in many educational pursuits, including psychology, astrology and history. He had a love for adventure and traveled extensively; back-packing through Europe, road tripping out west, and visiting family each summer in Maine. He participated in various archeological digs out west and was instrumental in planning the excavation of Thomas Edison’s childhood home. He also authored a book on the early settlement of Port Huron. Additionally, he authored a number of poems, as well as two humorous books, “Fossil Apostles” and “Batteries Not Included”. Bill enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and the greatest pleasure of his life was watching his daughter, Elizabeth, grow up. One of his proudest moments was when she started college at the University of Michigan last fall.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Doyle; step daughters, Sierra (Matt) Kearns and Natalie Sullivan; sister, Julie Terraciano; nephew, Jeff Terraciano; and best friend, Ed Oetting.

A visitation will be 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

As Bill was committed to education his entire life, memorial contributions may be made to Elizabeth’s college fund. Checks can be made to “Fidelity 529” with “Elizabeth Doyle” written on the memo line. Gifts may be mailed in care of Pollock-Randall Funeral Home, 912 Lapeer Ave., Port Huron, MI 48060, or given in person.

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