Donald Arthur Williams, 75, of Livingston, will forever fly above the rivers of the world, watching fish. Following a courageous battle with cancer, Don passed away peacefully at his home on his father's birthday, Tuesday morning, Aug. 23, 2011. His loving wife of 40 years, and his family, were by his side.
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Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, 118 N. Third St., Livingston. Cremation will follow the visitation.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Livingston Christian Center. Burial of the cremated remains will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday in Mountain View Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory.
Don devoted his life to the preservation of all fish habitat, was a lifelong supporter of Trout Unlimited and all hunting preservation organizations. A special thanks to Bob Solomon, who was like a brother to Don and took him fishing many places. Don was able to visit New Zealand, England, Argentina, Alaska, Canada, Idaho, Wyoming, the Rio Grande, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Key West, Russia, Bakaw Mexico, Iceland and many places around Montana.
Don's dedication to teaching others the love and art of fishing is indescribable, and his patience and techniques with his clients was exceptional. He had clients from around the world who had standing reservations for the lifetime experience of learning how to fish. New clients begged to have a day in the sun with Don. He never missed a day of fishing, weather permitting, and when Montana winters became too cold, he would travel the world to fish many secluded spots. Upon returning home Don would share his experiences with his family and friends. His zest for life and ability to teach others is admired by all who knew him.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, and sons, Keith Williams and Ben McDonald.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Betty Williams; and children, Dan (Chris Raihl) Williams of Livingston, Bill McDonald (Donna Allison) of Bozeman, Barry (Pam) McDonald of Manhattan, Pam Frederick of Spokane, Wash., and Guy Williams of Sunnyside, Wash.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his Aunt Pearl and Uncle Ray Castle of Linwood, Wash.; cousins, Tom (Beth) Castle and Gary Castle and their families, all in Washington. Also surviving are Bob Solomon of Topanga, Calif.; his favorite sister-in-law, Helen Frank of Bozeman; and numerous fellow fishing guides, clients and his Trout Unlimited family.
If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Joe Brooks Chapter of Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 1378, or to Livingston HospiceCare, 504 S. 13th St., both in Livingston, MT 59047.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 25, 2011