Joe Merle Williams
1928 - 2020
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Joe Merle Williams

Salinas - Joe Merle Williams 10/27/1928 … 12/5/2020 In Memory … Of a life so beautifully lived … A heart so deeply loved. Only a heart like Joe's could keep so many promises. Teach so many lessons and give so much love.

On Saturday, December 5, Jesus came and picked up my Daddy. He took him to Heaven and He will see that Daddy spends eternity with the two loves of his life, Evelyn and Dorothy.

Joe was a beautiful example of a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend.

Joe was born and raised in Arkansas, surrounded by a loving family. Every year he took me, my Mom and my Grandpa Frank to Arkansas for vacation. I was almost an adult before I realized that people actually took vacations to places other than Yellville, Arkansas.

He was called "The Man Who Makes The Stars." One Christmas, at age 61, he made over 200 large stars. He gave them to neighbors, friends and strangers. You still see them around town today. In his honor, there is one on top of Granite Construction shining bright this year. He was proud of his work history . If you were around very long, he'd tell you his truck driving stories from Steelfab in Castroville, CA.

After Steelfab, he and the Reavis brothers, Jim and Lewis, formed Reavis and Williams Builders. Monte Vista Park Subdivision will always remind me of their time together. Joe lived there until the day he went to Heaven.

Pastor Moon then joined in and they developed Holly Hill Subdivision in Prunedale. I live there, and love the memories, to this very day.

So many stories that I wish I could share. He was a Father and Grandpa like no other. His family was his life. He loved us in the good times and the bad. His example of a Christian man will live in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his only child, Donna Ingraham, his three grandchildren that he and Evelyn helped raise . Joe Masuen, Jon Ingraham, and Jennifer Tully. And then the bonus of great grandchildren . Woody, Sydnee, Grant, Peyton, Riley, Janabelle, Braden and one great-great granddaughter, Fynlee Jo . Making it five generations. In addition, Dorothy's family became a part of his family. He loved our spouses, treated them like his very own . Leon Wood, Diana Masuen, Amber Ingraham, Danny Thomas and Brian Tully.

Long story short it's shoutin' time in Heaven and he's looking forward to spending eternity with all of us . Make your preparations early. Heaven is a beautiful home.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.

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Published in The Salinas Californian from Dec. 21 to Dec. 26, 2020.
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December 27, 2020
Donna and family, we are so sorry to hear that your dad, Joe, has passed. He will be remembered as a great example of a father, grandfather, neighbor and friend; someone the younger generation can look-up to and be proud of. Again, we are so sorry, but we know that you hold good memories in your heart. Love you always, Fred and Jane Raypholtz
Fred and Janie Raypholtz
December 24, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Renee Fowler
December 24, 2020
We’re so sorry to hear about Joe. He and Evelyn were two of the kindest people we ever knew. Donna we send you our love and condolences.
Sincerely, Kurtis and Jan Calender
The Calenders
December 22, 2020
The stories I’ve heard over the years of dad and his cousin Joe are priceless. He will be missed. Tell mom and pop I said hello for me.
Harold Dillard
December 21, 2020
Our hearts go out to you and your families during this time. Joe was such a great man and kind heart - soft spoken and truly faithful. But what a time of rejoicing going on in heaven!!! I’m sure there was a great group waiting for him when he arrived! Know you are loved and his great memory lives on through our hearts and thoughts. Many prayers for you all! Karen Parker
Karen Parker
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