Grant Williams (1926 - 2013)

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GRANT MASON WILLIAMS

September 18,1926 - March 3, 2013

WOODBURN - With his famiy by his side, Grant passed away peacefully from complications of angio sarcoma, cancer. Born in Portland, Oregon to David Mason and Helen Stewart Williams, Grant grew up in Eastmoreland. In 1938, he and his twin Caron, sister Joanne, and family moved to Seattle where they lived by a lake. He and his father together built a 16' foot cruiser with a 10 horsepower outboard (Johnson Engine) at their home. During his youth he enjoyed sailing, golfing and fishing. In 1944, Grant joined the navy, trained at Farragut, Idaho, and graduated at the head of his class as a signalman. He served in World War II. He returned and attended U.W. and was "invited" back into the Korean war due to the lack of trained military men. After again completing his time, he re-entered U.W. and graduated in Economics and Banking. His working career included: National Cylinder Gas, Alcoa, Seattle, Devac Inc., & Commerce Clearing House. He Married Virginia M. Smith had three children and in 1969 he moved to Salem, Oregon where he and Virginia opened ACME personnel. Virginia passed away in 1996. Grant continued working and ended his last 13 years working for McCully Realty, Woodburn.

In spite of his cancer progressing, he enjoyed working in his garden and became a Master Gardner He was a fraternal member of PSI U & enjoyed being a Precinct Committee State Delegate as well as a member of many clubs and committees some of which included : Elks, Optimists and the Lutheran Church. He is survived by his children, Gregory Williams, WA, Judith Lawler (John) CA, and Cynthia Johnson (Ronald) OR and four grandson's: John, Jason, Matthew and David.

He was a devoted Brother, Husband, Father and Grandfather. He was loved deeply and will be forever missed. In the near future a Private family memorial will be held.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 16, 2013
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