Keith Lusk "Coach Willie" Williams, 89, formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his home in Boise surrounded by his family.
He was born July 6, 1924, in Malad, Idaho, the son of Jenkin Vaughn Williams and Elizabeth Maria Lusk Williams. Keith graduated from Malad High School in 1943 and received his associate degree from Snow College. He attended Utah State University where he received his bachelor's degree in 1949, and in 1953, he received his master's degree from the University of Idaho.
He served in the Air Force from 1943 to 1945 during World War II.
On June 16, 1950, he married Patricia Stephenson in Wendell, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Dec. 20, 1960. In 1967, they moved to Rockford and lived there until about two years ago, when they moved to Boise.
He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in various callings including high priest, ward clerk and served in the Spanish Branch. He also served a mission in the Bishop's storehouse.
Keith started his teaching/coaching career in Wendell, where he taught for two years. He taught history and coached for three years at Millard High School, two years at Blackfoot High School and for 33 years at Snake River High School. His greatest love was coaching wrestling, where he taught, encouraged and inspired many young men who lovingly called him "Coach Willie." He is survived by his wife, Pat of Boise; children, Stephany (David) Walker of Boise, Morgan (Sharon) Williams of Kuna, Idaho, Keith Steve (Nilda) Williams of Las Vegas, Zane (Diane) Williams of Auburn, Wash., Kendall (Julene) Williams of Blackfoot, Patricia Sue Williams of Burley, Idaho, Robyn (Craig) Waddell of Boise, Timothy (Nancy) Williams of Maple Valley, Wash., and Shawn (Margarita) Williams of Yuma, Ariz.; two honorary sons, Eber Carranza of South Jordan, Utah, and Roy (Charla) Montclair of Riverton, Utah; honorary daughter, Yolanda (Miguel) Sanlivanez; 37 grandchildren; and 44 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jenkin Vaughn Williams and Elizabeth Williams; brothers, Morgan, Venal, Lynn, Wesley, Glenn, Ellis and John; and sister, Lottie LaRue.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Blackfoot West LDS Stake Center, 101 N. 900 West in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot, and Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the stake center. Interment will be in Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@hawkerfuneral home.com.