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William (Bill) Carl Mann, Born: May 11, 1943 in Goliad, TX passed away Sunday April 23rd at his home in Carlsbad, CA at the age of 73. Son of Leroy (d) and Dorothy Mann (d), survived by his sons Christopher (45) and Mackenzie (42), his angel Karen Juneau, and his Daughter-in- Law Michelle and grandsons Ashton (19) and Callan (16). Bill lived life on his terms and was a very successful businessman, truly a self-made man. He held his first job at 7 years old delivering newspapers and after finishing art school embarked on a career in the footwear industry until he retired in 2012. His relentless hard work and with the help of his former wife (Jeri) and sons, created and was President of one of the most recognized footwear brands in the action sports industry, Airwalk Skate Shoes. After selling his share in Airwalk in 1993, Bill then joined Vans Footwear as a Vice President and helped them regain their place atop the action sports footwear industry. He retired from Vans in 1997 and then again found success producing and selling millions of pairs of shoes as a key supplier for Walmart with his value action sports shoe brand, Airspeed. He retired in 2012 so he could travel, teach selected art classes, be inspired by art of all kinds, and spend time with his family and his angel Karen Juneau. He will be laid to rest in San Marcos, CA amongst his mother's relatives, the Markert family.