I went to Christ Our King Church and Elementary School. I graduated from La Brae H. S. and have a B.S. Degree in Industrial Design from Kent State University. Gayle and I were married at St. Pius X in 1981. We built a home and moved to Champion with our sons in 1991 and became members of this parish shortly after. I retired from the Kmart Distribution Center after thirty one years and started the maintenance position April 1, 2018.
Our oldest son Brian and his wife Susan are members here. I can claim getting him interested in photography, volunteering with festivals, decorating and fish dinners. Our youngest son Scott married his wife Chelsea in Eatonville, Washington while serving in the army. We visit them and their four children there about 30 miles west of Mt. Rainier. He is a heavy equipment operator apprentice.
As a young man I approached Father Tom Ziegler about ideas that most people saw as idealistic or even utopian. He suggested I write them down. Over the years in my spare time I put these ideas and plans into www.basicliving.org . In 2002 I presented Basicliving at Kent branch as a class project to the Power Technology class. I believe society would be better off if we could live simpler, more sustainable lives in community with each other. There are cohousing communities doing this around the country.
Over the years I have tried to market a mail order grocery concept, Fold-N-Loc building blocks and a vehicle hatch tent. I enjoy poker, tennis, genealogy, civil war history and science fiction. Gayle and I enjoy spending time with family and grandchildren. We enjoy nature while camping, hiking, biking, and kayaking.
Rev. Michael D. Balash
Pastor (July 1, 2008 - present)
Rev. Michael D. Balash has served as Pastor of St. William since July 2008. Ordained in 1987, Fr. Balash has had pastoral assignments at St. Michael Parish, Canton; St. Patrick Parish, Kent; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Ashtabula; and St. Joseph Parish, Mantua. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio earning a Master Degree in Sacred Scripture and Divinity and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana where he earned a Master Degree in Liturgy and Worship. In addition to his pastoral duties at Saint William Parish, Fr. Balash is currently the Director for the Office of Worship for the Diocese. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and as Treasurer for the organization.
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