WILLIAMS, Jesse - Army Staff Sgt. Jesse Lawrence Williams, 25, died in Iraq on April 7, 2007. He was serving his second tour of duty at the time. Jesse lived by his convictions. He believed passionately both in serving his country and serving with his fellow soldiers of the 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army. A decorated war hero, he received the Purple Heart during his first tour of duty in Iraq, as well as several commendation medals with valor. Then three weeks ago, he single-handedly pulled two fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle, an action which earned him a Bronze Star. Jesse leaves behind a wife, Sonya Glidden Williams of Santa Rosa, and an eleven-month old daughter, Amaya. When he was home on leave last December, Jesse had Amaya's tiny hand tattooed on his chest, so as he put it, "She can be with me all the time." Born in Billings Montana on June 9, 1981, he moved to Santa Rosa during his elementary school years and lived with his father, Herb Williams, until he enlisted in the army in 2003. During his Santa Rosa High School years, he was an All Star Rugby player and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition to his wife and daughter, Jesse is survived by his mother Janyce Leone of Las Cruces, NM, his father Herb Williams of Santa Rosa, his sister Patty Baylock of Cape Girardeau Missouri, and brother Sean Williams. Public funeral services will be held Thursday, April 19th, at 10:30 a.m. at Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa. Donations can be made to the Amaya Williams' Educational Fund, c/o Sonoma National Bank, 801 Fourth St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Arrangements by DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES.
Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Published Online in the Press Democrat on Apr. 17, 2007