Forrest Edsel (Bud) Williams Jr.

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FORREST (BUD) EDSEL WILLIAMS, JR. Bud was born on December 27, 1933, in Los Angeles, California, 1452 Florence Avenue, as he always remembered his place of birth. He passed away on August 8, 2014. He lived in Los Angeles for about five years and then moved to his family's homestead on Ukinom Mountain with his grandmother Lily Mae Rogers Strouss, his mom Grace, 2 sisters Marilee and Evelyn, and his older brother Gene. His family moved to Arcata in about 1945 where he attended College Elementary and Arcata High School and then he went to Laurelwood Academy in Oregon. He graduated from Laurelwood Academy after his 18th birthday in December of 1951. By September of 1952 he had been working at Arcata Redwood Company loading Redwood lumber on railroad cars for three or four months and had saved enough to make a down payment on a new 1953 Harley "74" he had ordered from Clarence "Soapy" Ellison at Ellison's Bike Shop in Eureka, California. He picked it up in November of 1952. It was Harley Davidson's 50th Anniversary model with Hydraglide forks and a pan head engine with hand shift and foot clutch. On May 26th, 1953, he joined the Navy. While in the Navy he spent time in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska; Treasure Island in San Francisco; and he participated in Operation Red Wing, which was the Test Series of Atomic Weapons and Devices At the Pacific Proving Ground. In November 1954, he was promoted to ET3 on USS Sioux ATF-75, Alaska. After testing in the military, he was offered to attend Annapolis, but denied it and came home to Arcata. In 1956 he met LaReida Woodard while he was home on leave with his best friend Phil. Bud and LaReida were married in 1957 and have 3 children Sheila Foreman (Kevin), Mike Williams (Corina), and Judy Blanchard (Art). He is survived by his wife LaReida, 3 children, and two grandsons Randy Williams (Kerstin) and Caleb Blanchard, whom he cherished, and his older sister Marilee Unruh, his brother-in-law, Mel Woodard, and many nieces and nephews. He was a great and kind "Pops" and "Do-Do" to his grandsons. And he will always hold a special place in our hearts. He was preceded in death by his mom Grace Cathryn Matilda Strouss Wich, his older brother Benton Eugene "Gene" Williams, and his sister Evelyn Logan, his mother-in-law Maggie Woodard, and his father-in-law LaVon Woodard, and his sister-in-law Marie Woodard. He was a very special man, husband, dad, Pops and Do-Do who would do anything for us. Dad wore many hats, including nuclear technician, in which he was our "Silkwood"; car salesman; HSU lecturer in Economics; but his longest and most enjoyable career was at the Jogg'n Shoppe with his son, Mike. Dad was a philosopher of life; and generosity was more important to him than anything of monetary value. During the 70's he worked hard during the day and attended HSU at night and earned his Bachelors degree in Economics with honors he excelled in every class he had. He was a perfectionist to the point that it really didn't matter. From his late 30's to early 60's his passion was distance running, including making it to the 100th Anniversary of the Boston Marathon in 1996. The Arcata to Willow Creek run, the Clam Beach Run and the Avenue of the Giants were some of his favorite running races. He was a long time member of the Six Rivers Running Club, with which he enjoyed many Sunday long runs training for his races with all his running pals. One of his favorite hobbies in the past 10 years has been growing blueberries and giving them to his family and friends. We celebrated his 80th birthday, which he enjoyed greatly with his family and friends at his favorite place to be, the Jogg'n Shoppe, and he was still able to do his famous handstand. He was our family's version of Jack Lalane; he always had advice about health, although he did enjoy his share of sweets also. Dad had friends who were from all walks of life. He was always happy to give a stranger a hand-out. As he was in life, he wished not to have a formal service; but there will be a celebration of his life at the Jogg'n Shoppe at 12:00 noon on Sunday, August 17th. Please bring your stories. Thanks to everyone who shared a part of their life with Dad, including our neighbors and friends on 29th Street where Dad lived since 1960. In lieu of flowers, I'm sure Dad would want you to go take a walk or a run or maybe a hike; take care of yourselves and those close to you, and strangers alike; say a kind word to someone; be nice to one another; and be healthy and happy. Please sign the guestbook at and click on obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Aug. 12 to Aug. 17, 2014
Forrest Williams Jr.
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