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Don L. Williams


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Don L. Williams Obituary
September 21, 1936 - April 11, 2016 Don, a native son of Watsonville, CA, passed away at his home in West Covina, CA, the evening of Monday, April 11, 2016. Don was born in a farmhouse in Delano, CA and was relocated to Watsonville soon after his father bought a berry farm near the Pacific Ocean there. Don worked tirelessy on his father's farm, a small road of which still bears his father's name, Coy Drive. After graduating from Watsonville High School Summa Cum Laude at the age of 16, Don took the bold step of relocating to attend the Bible Institute of Los Angeles in Downtown L.A., where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1958. After receiving his Master's in Education at California State University at Los Angeles, Don embarked on a 45-year teaching career, all of it spent with the middle-school grades of the Hacienda-La Puente District, east of L.A. Again, Don worked tirelessly for his students over the years, often serving as editor of school newspapers and yearbooks. After retiring, Don continued to stay active teaching English as a Second Language in his home to students of many countries. Don was also a world traveler, having visited five continents over the years as an Ambassador for the People to People program--he even visited Cuba as a Baptist Missionary just a few years before Communist rule took hold there. Last, Don stayed active in his senior community, hosting monthly bridge tournaments in his home and attending weekly bridge games at the West Covina Senior Citizen Center. Don lived fully by helping innumerable individuals on the path to better lives, and he will be greatly missed by each and every one of them. Don is survived by his brother Larry Williams, his nephew Robert Williams, and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, most residing in California.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2016
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