The Arizona Republic

Alan J. Williams

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QUEEN CREEK – Alan J. Williams, age 61 of Queen Creek, Arizona died on September 21, 2018 while at work, of a heart attack. He was the second of three sons born to Jerry and Adele “Muffy” Williams. His school years were marked by their many Air Force moves. He was born in Iowa, moved to Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma,Texas, Alaska, and Nebraska, where he completed High School. Along the way he was a Cub Scout, a Boy Scout, a Paper boy, grocery bagger, bicycle builder, boat motor repairman, and auto repairman, all before high school graduation.

At his graduation he was awarded a scholarshi­p to SouthEast Nebraska Community College at Milford, Nebraska, near Lincoln. He studied Auto parts management and Repair. He was an Honor student, despite the daily commute from Omaha, and a daily job. He married ,and the couple had a tiny girl, born prematurel­y, named Jennifer, who lived only a few months. After her death, the couple relocated to Arizona, but the marriage ended.

In 1983 he met and married his wife , Welby Ann. They were inseparabl­e, first “touring” their early Chevy, then a purple primer coated Oldsmobile. They soon switched to San Rails in the winter; and camping in the mountains in the summer. They accumulate­d many friends in both environmen­ts. In Mesa Alan managed a Midas Shop for several years, worked over 20 years for Brown and Brown ; and at the time of his death he was a mechanic at AutoVaun, also in Mesa.

Alan is survived by his wife Welby Ann Williams, of Queen Creek; his mother Adele “Muffy” Williams, his older brother Jerry M.Williams with his wife Kyung Seon , and niece Janet Williams of Seattle, and Nephew Jerry LaMar Williams of Florida. Alan is preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer, his younger brother Reed Williams, and his Father Jerry A Williams.

A “Memorial Service” and a “Celebratio­n of Life” will both occur on the same date; Friday, , October 26.

The church Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM at his Mother’s church, Church of the Master, located at 6659 East University Drive, Mesa, AZ A light lunch will follow the service in Memorial Hall.across the courtyard from the Sanctuary.

The Celebratio­n of Life will begin at 6:30 P.M. at the Power Ranch Carriage House, located at 4546 East Haven Crest Drive, Gilbert Arizona; west of Power Road. Friends and family are welcome at either or both events.

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