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Michael Williams

March 31, 1946 — February 8, 2023


Michael E. Williams was born on 31 March 1946 in Ogden, Utah, and passed away on the 8th of February 2023. He was raised by hard-working parents who instilled in Michael a strong work ethic and a deep respect for the great outdoors. After graduating from Evanston High School, he answered his country's call during the Vietnam war by joining the U. S. Navy. He deployed overseas more than nine times, twice to Vietnam, leading thousands of men and women literally in the service of our country. He served in numerous A-6 Squadrons but mainly in EA-6B Prowler commands, where he specialized in the maintenance and repair of Naval Electronic Warfare aircraft and their components. Michael received many accolades for superior professional achievements earning the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous service and campaign awards. Advancing through the ranks from Seaman recruit to Commander, his 31 years of Naval Service was a source of great pride for him and his family. While on active duty, he was selected from over 4 thousand candidates to pursue a bachelor's degree and, in 1981, graduated from the University of Nebraska Magna Cum Laude. Following retirement from the U.S. Navy, he was employed with the Boeing Corporation as a Manufacturing Engineer at the Everett Washington facility. Mike was also a sheepherder and a great bullshitter. Michael married Judy Williams (1966-1984) and had two sons, Michael Williams, Jr, and Tyler Williams. He was also married to Marybeth Williams (1991-1996) and had one daughter Kelsey Williams, and one son Dylan Williams. The family would like to thank Maryann Hanson, his girlfriend, for the loving care in Michael’s final days. Mike also had several close friends that filled up his world in Evanston.

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