Dennis Williams

Dennis Williams passed away in his home on August 9, 2010, at the age of 56. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 1, 1954, the fourth of five children to Clarence and Evelyn Williams. The family moved to Gardena, California when Dennis was a four years old.
Dennis graduated from  California State University, Long Beach in 1978 with a degree in medical microbiology and a minor in mathematics.  He put himself through college by working as a night manager at an Alpha Beta grocery store.  In 1976 while in school, Dennis met the love of his life Joan Motherwell, when they were placed in the same study group in their zoology class.  Their first date was when the study group went to celebrate passing the class, but only the two of them showed up for the dinner.
Dennis and Joan were married on July 15, 1978 in Redondo Beach, CA.  They decided to move to Seattle, WA to be closer to their parents in 1980.  Dennis worked for Frito Lay for 26 years developing sales routes.  Working for Frito Lay, he got to know all of the streets and sights around the Seattle area.  Dennis enjoyed being the tour guide and going along with others to show them the delights of the great Northwest that he came to love.
Martin Thomas Williams, the joy of Dennis’ life entered the world on March 11, 1982.  He loved teaching his son about cooking, sailing, gardening, music, and mechanics, and he worked tirelessly in order to send Martin to Western Washington University, where he graduated with a degree in computer science in 2005.  As a family they explored the Seattle area with day trips to secluded beaches and coves.  Dennis loved to play softball, tennis and basketball.  He loved to go camping, canoeing, fishing and sailing and enjoyed taking family and friends on his sailboat out on Lake Washington.  He loved to cook and barbecue, while experimenting with new herbs, spices and recipes.  Going to rock concerts was a favorite activity, James Taylor and Steely Dan were among his favorites.
Dennis loved his dogs.  He always had a story about D.J., Griz, Simon, Carney or Tucker, and he lit up whenever he talked about them.  Dennis worked hard, but found time to play hard too.  He made those around him laugh and shared his passion and curiosity for life with the people he loved.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 32 years, Joan, his son Martin and partner Libby, his brothers John and Jim, his sisters Jeanne and Nancy, his mother Evelyn and his mother-in-law Gwendolyn Motherwell.  He is preceded in death by his father Clarence and his father-in-law Robert B. Motherwell.  He will be missed by family and friends.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 2pm, at the Kirkland Women’s Center, 407 1st St, Kirkland, WA.

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One Response to “Dennis Williams”

  • Martin says:

    Dennis I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. You were a dear friend and confidant. You took me and my annoying quirks up under your wing and made me part of your family. You always were ready to tell me that whomever I was dating was “no good” or give me a thumbs up. (Which only happened once, and I did marry him, with your blessing). I will forever remember your excitement at SAAB convertibles. Hell, we did many trips cruising around Kirkland enjoying the sun in our faces and wind in our hair. Joannie always laughing at our silly antics. When I was single and in my own apt, you and Joannie came over to help me put together an IKEA dresser. What a joke those 57 boxes were. Who knew that it would take the three of us 3 hours to put the damn thing together.
    Some of the fun times we had were cooking. ( you taught me so much about cooking, secrets I still use today, but will never tell). Taking Griz to Denny beach to swim at dusk. You calling me to come with you and Joannie to pick out a puppy. Back at your house I suggested the name Simon. And behold it stuck. Simon Mimon he was. You and Joannie came to my wedding which was so important to me. You gave me your blessing. You were so excited when I had my babies. You loved them so. I could go on forever. I will forever live with the regret that I didn’t make more time to spend with you over the last years. My life got crazy with 3 little rugrats and I should have been there for you more. Dennis I will miss your sweet sloppy cheek kisses, phone calls that go on for hours and most of all I will miss YOU. I will love you forever.

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