Scouts, young and old, came together Tuesday to honor an institution in the Northwest Texas Council.
W.M. "Bill" Thacker Jr. joined boy scouts as a youth, and at 94 years old is still actively helping to scout in 12 councils.
So during a special lunch, July 17, 2018, he was recognized for his continued support with the Chief Scouter of Council Award and also given a 50 year Veterans Award.
The main road into Camp Perkins Scout Reservation will also be renamed Thacker Way in acknowledgment for his lifelong contributions to scouting.
Thacker said his fondest memory was when he took the train to Washington, DC, to the Boy Scouts of America 1937 National Jamboree. He has a picture of his troop posing with then Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Bill finished his Eagle in Wichita Falls. After graduation from Wichita Falls High School, he went back to Austin for college.
He enrolled at the University of Texas which allowed him to become a reservist and defer his deployment for World War II.
However, as the country needed him, Bill was shipped off to Europe as an Army Air Corps gunner on a B-17.
He flew 30 missions before being honorably discharged. After the war, he went back to finish his college education.
Thacker received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a law degree, as well. He came back to Wichita Falls to be an Assistant District Attorney. But he soon took a job that would change his career path. He worked as an Attorney and Landman for Fain and McGaha Oil and Gas and became a partner.
Eventually, Bill went on to form his own firm.