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Wilbur A. Williams


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Wilbur A. Williams Obituary
September 15, 1932 - October 8, 2017 Wilbur A. Williams III, a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, died October 8, 2017 after a brief illness. Wilbur, a native of Los Angeles, CA, was born to Wilbur and Anita Williams in 1932. He attended 49th Street and Holmes Avenue Elementary Schools, Edison Jr. High School and Jefferson High School where he was a member of the country's best high school track and field team. Wilbur continued running track while pursuing his degree at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles State College (now California State University, Los Angeles) and with the Los Angeles Track Club under direction of the great distance coach, Mihaly Igloi. At the age of 40 he broke the Master's World Record in the mile and the American Master's record in the 1500 meters. Wilbur continued running well into his 70s. He loved adventure and began traveling at an early age. He attended 15 consecutive Summer Olympic Games with his family. He traveled all over the world with his wife and three children; he and his late wife Betty traveled to every continent, 216 countries and to many states in the US. After his wife passed, he visited 10 additional countries. Wilbur met the love of his life, Betty, while still in high school. They married in 1957 and had three children, Pamela, Lori and Mark. When Betty became ill, he dedicated all his energy to care for her until her death in 2015. Wilbur, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, earned his BA and MA from Los Angeles State College and completed additional postgraduate work at USC. He worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for over 50 years as a teacher, then an administrator and later returning to the district after retiring to assist in developing an after-school enrichment program. He leaves behind his sister Peggy, children, grandchildren and a host of friends and family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2017
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