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Bill died October 22, 2008, in Duluth, Minnesota. He jumped at Cave Junction 1948-53 after serving in the U.S. Army Airborne. Bill graduated from St. John's University in 1953, worked for National Cash Register for 20 years and owned Griff and Associates in Hibbing, Minnesota, before retiring.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Padden, William J. (Cave Junction 1948)" (2008). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1009.