Donald Bennett Williams

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Donald Bennett Williams was born in Athens, GA to Daniel and Frances Williams on May 20, 1935. With his passing on March 4, 2014, Don joins his daughter, Trish Williams, and many other family members, as they celebrate eternity in the arms of the Lord. Don moved to California with his mother and two younger sisters after high school. He joined the Army and served with the 7th Cav Division, 31st Infantry Regiment "Polar Bears" in Korea, and was a recipient of the Korean Service Defense medal among others. He also served with the 1st Cav Division, 8th Infantry in Japan, and finished his service with the 6th Army at Fort Irwin, California. Don met his wife Carol in California September 18, 1965. They were married May 21, 1966 in Las Vegas, enjoying 48 years together. He really enjoyed sports; he never forgot his love for University of Georgia football but extended it to include the University of Washington Huskies and was thrilled to see his Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII! He retired from the Washington State Department of Corrections, where he was named the Twin Rivers Correctional Officer of the Year in 1989. Don loved volunteering, especially his 10-plus years with South Everett Little League. His fondest umpiring memory was "behind the plate' at the Senior State girl's softball game in Walla Walla. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Post Commander, Boyer Daniel Post 1561 in Arlington, WA and as District 1 Commander for the Dept of Washington. He was a member of American Legion Post 76, also in Arlington, and the Early Bird Lions Club in Everett, holding leadership positions in both of those organizations. Don loved God and country, and cherished his family more than life itself. He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters, Michelle Edwards (Doug), Sharon Abraham (Dalen), Janet Johnston (Scott); grandchildren, Aaron, Gabriel (Jordan), Christian, and Nathaniel Boughner, AnnMarie Johnston, and Emma and Evan Abraham; great-grandsons, Noah and Jonas Boughner; nephew, David Ballard (Michelle); and other family. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Trish in 1985; his parents, sisters, Annette and Harriett; and nephew, Danny. Don was his Family's Hero, the Best Husband, the Best Dad, and the Best Grandpa ever! They will love him forever! Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Housing Hope in Everett (www.housinghope.org ) or to the VFW National home for Children in Eaton Rapids MI. (www.vfwnationalhome.org). Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 12-5 p.m. at Bauer Funeral Chapel, 701 First St., Snohomish, 360-568-4126, bauerfuneralchapel.com. A funeral service honoring Don's life will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Belle Chapel, 231 Ave. B, Snohomish, 360-568-2434. Followed by graveside services approximately 12:30 p.m. with full military honors at Cypress Lawn, Everett.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2014
Donald Bennett Williams
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