Donald Lee Williams, 84, passed away on Sept. 18, 2013, at Lake View Care Center in Bigfork.
He was born on March 20, 1929, to James and Dona Lee (Beavers) Williams in Russellville, Ark. Don grew up in Russellville with his four half-brothers and three half-sisters on a farm south of Dardenel.
His brother James joined the Navy, which required Don to quit school and help his father, who was sick, to tend the farm that consisted of corn, cotton, soybeans and alfalfa. Later, his family moved off the farm and bought a small grocery store, and in 1953 his father James passed away.
Don met his wife, Loretta Mae (White) Williams, when he worked at Phillips 66 gas station. Loretta’s father Jack had his vehicles serviced there. They married on May 22, 1947, in Russellville and had three children, Dennis Williams of Colville, Wash., Jack Williams of Bigfork and Cheryl Gerdrum of Great Falls.
Throughout Don’s life, he worked as a laborer, farmer and a security guard, which he enjoyed the most. He also served time in the U.S. Army National Guard in California as a heavy armor driver.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta; parents, James and Dona; granddaughter, Jennifer; son-in-law, David; and ex-daughter-in-law, Annette.
He is survived by his children, Dennis Williams, Jack Williams and Cheryl Gerdrum; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home in Kalispell. A Christian burial will follow at noon at Bigfork Community Cemetery in Bigfork.
Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is handling Donald’s arrangements.