USA Roller Sports

To our Executive Board of Directors, Officers and Membership,

It is with profound sadness that today the organization learned of the passing of William “Bill” Spooner.

Spooner, of Battle Ground, Washington, began his competitive skating career in 1958.  From there he would for the remainder of his life go on to impact USA Roller Sports with a level of dedication and commitment of to service rarely seen.          

Bill’s resume, was nothing short of impressive and included the following honors:

  • Member of the USARS Distinguished Service Hall of Fame 
  • Charles Wahlig Memorial Life Membership 
  • Gordon B “Budd” Van Roekel Lifetime Service Award 
  • USARS Board of Directors Member 
  • Past Chairman of the USARS Board of Directors
  • Past USARS President  
  • Secretary/Trustee of the US Foundation for Amateur Roller Skating

His time serving as an official judge, was just as remarkable and began at the age of 15, participating in every artistic discipline while judging at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Bill leaves behind his wife Marian and also a “skating family” of numerous friends and colleagues.  

“Receiving the news of Bill’s passing today has been beyond difficult for our members and staff.   He was without hesitation one of the very best and he is going to be dearly missed by so many.   Personally, he was a mentor who I knew I could always go to when I needed someone to simply be there, who understood the everyday world that is USA Roller Sports.   Which alone was a testament to his character, but more importantly he was genuine, and he did his volunteer service to USA Roller Sports with always the best of intentions in mind for our athletes, coaches, officials and staff.  We wish nothing but the best for Marian and those closest to Bill, as they navigate the difficult days ahead” – Eric Steele, Executive Director

The family has requested privacy at this time and that individuals wishing to make memorials, do so to the United States Foundation for Amateur Roller Skating.   

For questions and information regarding the foundation, please contact the USA Roller Sports headquarters at 402-483-7551.