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Joseph Marlis Williams


1938 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Joseph Marlis Williams Obituary
JOSEPH MARLIS WILLIAMS, 77, passed away on October 20, 2016 in Surprise, AZ after a long courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was born December 5, 1938 in Blackfoot, ID to Joseph Marsden and Phyllis Cutforth Williams. He married Noreen Elizabeth Hansen on December 5, 1961 in Idaho Falls, ID, they divorced in 1999. He then married Kuralay Pirmantayeva January 12, 2002 in Phoenix, AZ. Growing up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Marlis learned at a young age the value and joy of work by helping his family on the ranch. He loved horses, anything with a motor, and sports as a young man and always enjoyed a good laugh and a bit of mischief with friends. He ran track, wrestled, dove and played football in both high school and college. He studied at Ricks College (now BYU-I) and graduated from Utah State University, Logan, UT, with a degree in automotive technology. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many callings throughout his life including serving a two year New Zealand North mission. He enjoyed racing and setting records in the NHRA BB Funny Car class and had a long career as an automobile engineer for General Motors Corp, the Chrysler Corp, Subaru Motors, Mitsubishi Motors and Kia. He is survived by his wife of 14 years Kuralay Pirmantayeva Williams; his children Ray Williams of Corona, CA; Tom and Marleen Morris of Anaheim, CA; Douglas Williams of Kailua, HI; Michael and Randi Williams of Corona, CA; and Brandon and Tammy Gallup of Prosper, TX, his sister and brothers: Bonnie (Ken) Thompson, Nancy Stewart, Marjorie (Gaylord) Karren, Doug (Rozanne) Williams, Tom (Debbie) Williams, Wendy (Rob) Clark, Shannon (James) Ostler; 17 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren with 2 on the way, many nieces and nephews and numerous friends. Marlis was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Marsden and Phyllis Williams, daughter Shauna Lee Williams, grandson Scott Michael Baker, and nephew Casey Williams. Marlis' family would like to express their deep appreciation to the Hospice of the Valley staff for their excellent care. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Paradise Valley Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (3601 East Shea Blvd, Phoenix, AZ). A viewing will be held Saturday morning at the church in Phoenix at 9 a.m. Interment will be at Fielding Memorial Field in Idaho Falls at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in Marlis' honor.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 27, 2016
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