Dr. David J. Williams (1933 - 2013)

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David J. Williams, M.D.

David J. Williams, M.D., passed away on September 3, 2013, in Eugene, Oregon. He was 80. Survivors include his three children, Dr. Douglas (Sheri Jurnecka) Williams, of Oakland, California; Maj. Spencer (Shelly Swanke) Williams (Ret.), of Portland, Oregon; and Valerie (Mark) Driskill, of Elgin, Illinois. David is also survived by his brother Nathan (Pat) Williams of Manistee, Michigan; his sister-in-law Anne Poe, of Sherwood, Oregon; and grandchildren Allison Driskill and Brietta Driskill. The memorial service will be held on October 5, 2013, at 2 P.M., followed by a reception, at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street, in Eugene.

David was the third son of Nathan B. Williams, M.D., and Helen Nesbit Williams, R.N. He was born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, in 1933. He obtained his B.A. and M.D. from the State University of Iowa. In 1957, while serving in the Navy Reserve at Washington, D.C., he met his future wife Barbara on a blind date. They married in 1958. In 1959, the couple moved to Eugene, where David served his internship as one of the first four interns at Sacred Heart Hospital. David was called to active service in the Navy from 1960-62 at the Sand Point Naval Air Station near Seattle, Washington. After his service, David returned to Eugene and practiced medicine at his Coburg Road office for the next three decades. After closing his office practice in 1995, he continued practicing as an assistant surgeon until his retirement in 1998.

David enjoyed playing golf, and fishing in Oregon. Also David met his brothers annually to fish in Yellowstone Park, where they were joined by other family members and friends. David was a member of the Eugene chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, and served as an officer in various capacities for the chapter. He raised and bred rhododendrons, and participated in the annual Eugene Chapter show at Valley River Center. A rhododendron hybrid he registered, the Grandma Barbara, is planted outside the First United Methodist Church chapel. David was also active in the Lane Country Medical Society.

In the last years of his life, David lived at Sheldon Oaks, where he indulged his passion for bridge, and where he entertained friends with his dry wit and competitive Sodoku. The family wish to extend their thanks to his friends, and to the staff at Sheldon Oaks, who enabled him to continue to live in his declining years in the community that he loved.

A private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene, where he will be reunited with his wife of 40 years, Barbara J. Williams. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Rhododendron Society, and to the First United Methodist Church Youth.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Sept. 29, 2013
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