On Sunday, August 2, 2020, Donald Leo Williams, loving husband and father of three passed away at the age of 88.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 7, 2020 at Baca’s Funeral Chapel from 11 o’clock in the morning till 1 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 3 o’clock that afternoon at Mountain View Cemetery with the Dedication of the Grave officiated by Bishop George Wertz.
Don, or (Leo) was a true son of Deming, New Mexico. He was the oldest child of Clarence M. Williams and Hettie Emma Rambo. He was also big brother to Phillip Dwight (Scott) and Bobbie Lou (Pyburn).
Growing up during the Great Depression was a challenge that was later compounded when his father was diagnosed with tuberculosis. His youth taught him the value of hard work and the necessity of doing a job well. Lessons that remained at the heart of the man he was to become.
At age 16 he joined the New Mexico National Guard. Two years later, he enlisted in the newly formed United States Air Force. There, he received orders to join the Korean conflict. Frozen feet would nearly end his young career.
Discharged from the Air Force, Leo's natural mechanical aptitude landed him at White Sands working as a jet mechanic and trying to re-enlist into another branch of service. The Navy would have him.
During his short naval interim he met and married Wynonia Ester Gruwell. Their marriage would produce three children: Donald Lynn, Lawana Lou Proft and Johnny Ace. Their union would last for 68 years. He was also a proud "Papo" to five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great, greatp-grandchild.
Donald Leo's Navy career would end after multiple carrier deployments with the Fleet Aircraft Service Squadrons during the Vietnam War that culminated in a yearlong deployment "in country" to Binh Thuy.
Donald Leo would later become a constable for the township of Friday Harbor in Washington State. Afterward, he became a sheriff’s deputy for San Juan County Sheriff’s Department.
His life would end where it began, in Deming New Mexico. He was a member in good standing with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved his wife and children, old timey country music, dogs, hunting, fishing and camping. He was proud of his service. His record reflected his commitment to hard work and devotion to doing any task to the best of one's abilities. He was loved by many, respected by most, and honored by all who served with him.
Donald Leo Williams was preceded in death by his oldest son, Donald Lynn and his brother, Phillip Dwight Williams.
Farewell Dad, and Thank You. Your memory will be honored, loved and cherished.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels. Exclusive provider for “Veterans & Family Memorial Care”. To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com. 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030. Phone: 575-546-9671.