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Richard G Williams

November 8, 1923 - March 6, 2012

Richard Greenwell Williams OGDEN – On March 6, 2012, our amazing and loving father, grandfather, brother and true friend, Richard (Dick) Greenwell Williams passed away after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease surrounded by his family. Dick was born on November 8, 1923 in Ogden, Utah to John Raymond Williams and Pearl Greenwell Williams. He lived an extraordinary life and excelled in almost everything he did, especially sports, coaching, and teaching which he had an undying love for. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and encouraged us daily through example and words to always do our best and make our lives count in all that we do. He had a work ethic and desire to excel like none other. He had many great friendships in his lifetime and inspired many to follow their dreams through his example, his teaching, coaching, and mentoring. Richard G. Williams had a personal and professional sports legacy which will remain throughout the decades. Dick began his amazing sports career while attending Central Jr. High School where he lettered in all sports. He moved onto Ogden High School lettering in football, basketball, baseball and track as well as receiving the gold watch for best all-around athlete. After receiving a scholarship in football to Utah State and playing for one semester of football, Dick’s dreams were cut short as the whole football team was called to active duty during World War II. Dick served loyally for four years as a 1st Sergeant in the Army in the Tank-Destroyer Division as well as making all four of the all-star sports teams at Fort Hood, Texas. His sports enthusiasm continued after the war when he returned to Weber State and excelled in football, track and field. In 1947, he won the Standard Examiner’s Gold Watch for being the top college athlete at Weber. Dick graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 1951 and later received his Masters degree from the University of Utah. In Dick’s later years, he continued his love for sports while playing on an acclaimed all-star softball team (Fred M. Nye Co.) with his good buddies well into his mid-forties. Dick was one of those lucky people who was able to do what he loved as a profession. Dick’s professional teaching and coaching career started at Central Jr. High in 1956 where he taught and coached for five years. His teams won city titles in football, track and baseball three of his five years there. In 1961 Dick achieved his ultimate dream of coaching and teaching at Weber State. He joined the Wildcats as head baseball coach, assistant football coach as well as assistant coach in track and field. His years of coaching were rewarded with many honors. In 1968 Dick led his baseball team to the NCAA Region 7 playoffs in Denver for the first time ever. Dick was also selected as Big Sky Conference “Coach of the Year” in 1968. In 1996, he was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation-Utah Coaches of Merit, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Weber State Sports Hall of Fame. Dick retired from coaching in 1989, but continued his teaching at Weber for 44 years. His love for sports and personal achievement was an inspiration to us all. He mentored many young students who later became future teachers and coaches when he oversaw the secondary student/teaching program. He also became the Men’s Intramural Director. Dick married Joyce B. Williams in 1949 and had four children: Debra (Jeff) Wangsgard, Toni (Scott) Lamph, Shelley Williams, and Jeff (Kaylene) Williams. They later divorced. He was a dedicated father to his children and always made time to help them excel in their endeavors. He somehow found time to coach his son’s various sports teams throughout the years. In his later years, he continued his love for life by enjoying his dear family and friends, his beloved cabin, golf and fishing with friends. Dick is survived by his four children and their spouses, ten grandchildren: Jared, Josh, Jody, Jessica, Brooke, Jillian, Megan, Lindsey, Christina and Kyle, his brother, Ralph, and a loving, extended family. We will forever miss our beloved father and grandfather until we meet again. Friends may visit family on Monday evening, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. or Tuesday, March 13 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary (836-36th St., Ogden). Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. The family expresses their sincere appreciation and will be forever grateful to our dear sister, Toni, for her endless love and superior care she gave to our father for the last five years. The family also wishes to express their deep appreciation to the caring nurses and healthcare professionals at Rocky Mountain Hospice for the support and loving care they gave to our dear, sweet father. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association-Utah Chapter at 855 East 4800 South, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84107. Send condolences to the family at www.leavittsmortuary.com

 

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Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Time: 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Leavitts Mortuary

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836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary

Address:

836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Leavitt's Crystal Gardens Mausoleum

Address:

836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Born: November 8, 1923
Died: March 6, 2012

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brent fenstermaker posted on 6/5/12

my hart goes out to the family

 

Sherri Jones James posted on 3/14/12

My father, Twist Jones knew Dick for many years due to atheletics. I got to know Dick when I was a kid and Dick was running the summer youth programs at Weber State. It was fun running into him throughout the years. He was a wonderful man and I am very sadden for your loss and for the last few year of his life. I know you have many wonderful memories to keep him alive in your hearts.

 

ken beck posted on 3/13/12

Sorry to hear of Dicks passing He was one of the great starsof the wonderfu . of 42 He. one of my very best friends all through junior high and high school at OHS Lots of great and fun memories of Dick Regards, Ken Beck

 

Phil and Ann Johnson posted on 3/12/12

Dick was a long time friend and associate. He was great to me when I started as a young coach at Weber State. His dedication to his work was outstanding and he had a great sense of humor , which made working with him enjoyable. It is an honor to be considered his friend..Phil Johnson

 

Shelley Williams posted on 3/12/12

To My Sweet, Wonderful Dad,I've so dreaded this time and how sad I am to lose you--first mom and now you. Although I'll miss you so much and always be grateful for everything and I mean everything you've done for me (and there was so much), I know you're in a better place. You were such a wonderful father and grandfather, always so supportive and loving to each one of us in our family. I'll miss so much seeing you at Toni's. Thanks for all the great times and memories we had together. Thanks for teaching and giving me so many valuable lessons about life. And finally, thank you for being one of the finest examples of a truly great human being that I've ever known . Dad, you'll always be with me, and I know I'll see you again. I'll always love you.Shelley

 

Marilyn Hartog Porter posted on 3/11/12

Dick was my Math teacher in 7th grade. Being uninformed about how the world of education worked when it came to coaching, I was "less than impressed" to have a coach as a teacher and "home room advisor." I soon came to appreciate what a nice guy he was. Fast forward a few years: He became a good friend to my dad, Blaine Hartog, who also taught at Weber State. I enjoyed the interest he continued to show in me and my family whenever I ran into him. I'm sure he listened patiently as my dad talked about my mom suffering with Alzheimers. What a shame that this sweet man had to take that lonely walk down the same path my mom did. He and dad enjoyed many hours together at the "Friday Morning Club." I'm grateful to have had my life touched by your father. He was a good, good man. May good memories comfort you always.

 

Debra Wangsgard posted on 3/11/12

To My Dearest Father! I Love You and I am so thankful to have had you as my Father! Thank you for your hard working example, and for helping our family through some financially hard times. I will be forever grateful to YOU DAD........... I am so glad you are free from your poor, war torn, body, and most importantly your diseased brain! You are whole again!! I am so happy for you... I will miss you so much Dad, but I know you are in a much, much better place... Until we meet again Dad, enjoy your new life and fly free!!!!! I LOVE YOU DAD!!!Debbie (Your First Born Daughter)

 

Garth Westover posted on 3/10/12

Like Lindsey Curtis above, I played on probably the first team your father ever coached - The 1957-58 Central Jr. High Football Team. Your dad, was the finest coach I have ever had. He was so admired and respected by everyone on the team. Although it must have been one of his most difficult coaching assignments; since, I don't believe we won a single game. He obviously had great success after that. A number of players from that team went on to Ben Lomond and Ogden High Schools and once again were able to play under your father at Weber State University in 1962 and 1963.

 

Sheri Malan Kososik posted on 3/10/12

I just wanted to say how sorry I am about the passing of Uncle Dick. When my mom married Ralph, Uncle Dick was always there, including me in on family activities. I have fond memories playing badminton, tubing down the river, roasting marshmallows and playing cards at the cabin. Throughout the day, Uncle Dick and Toni made sure I was included. He was a gentle, loving man and will be missed. Our prayers are with you.....Sheri & family

 

Judy & Winslow Hurst posted on 3/10/12

Dear Williams Family -Just a note to let you know how much we valued our association with your father. He savored life, was a gentle giant, and dedicated to doing his best at all times. He made a difference our lives and all who knew him.May your memories of time spent together bring peace to your hearts.

 

Lindsay Curtis posted on 3/10/12

Dick was one of the most influentcial teachers I had throughout my educational years. He always showed interest and care in what was happening. I never met up with him in the years following school, be it on the tennis courts, in town, in stores, or wherever that he didn't take a minute to say hi and ask how I was doing. Never a more gentle person. I'll miss him but always treasure the memories.

 

Ray & Joan Lloyd posted on 3/10/12

Sweet Toni Scott & familyShelly and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I will always remember your father just sitting so peacefully and patiently listening to the girl chatter. We were privileged to have had him visit our home with Scott & Toni. He was very happy at Tonis and love to sit under the shade of the trees in the front yard and watch the people walk by or cars pass by. Toni was so attentive to his every need.. What a great tribute to him that he raised such a thoughtful daughter. He will be missed by many and we pray that the burden of his passing maybe lightened knowing he lead such a full and wonderful life. We love all of you and your kids and know you will miss your father and gramdpa dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers.our love Ray & Joan Lloyd

 

Kent Boam posted on 3/9/12

On behalf of my parents, Don and Charlene Boam, I would to offer my deepest condolences to the Dick Williams Family. Can you see this group of Dick, Dad, Dwayne, Jack and Wally as they played there Friday Golf Tourney at Ben Lomond, or they ate Breakfast at McDonald's or McKay Dee Hospital Cafeteria. How about being a fly on the wall with all of those great men as they solved all the world's problems while playing golf or eating breakfast. Man, that would be priceless.

 

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