Jerome “Jerry” (Papa) Williams died May 28, 2009 at 79 years of age. Born in Springfield, Ohio in 1930, he was a World War II Navy and Korean War Army veteran.
He was a graduate of Catholic Central High in Springfield, Ohio, where he met the love of his life, Naomi Smith. They married in Oakland, Calif. in 1951 while stationed at Alameda Naval Air Station. He graduated from University of Dayton-Ohio in 1957.
The family then relocated to Pasadena, Calif. where Mr. Williams was the personnel director at St. Luke’s Hospital. He continued his employment there until 1969. He also attended University of Southern California Graduate School of Business.
In 1970 he accepted the position of personnel supervisor for Maricopa County in Arizona and the family moved to Phoenix. He retired in 1989.
Mr. Williams and his family spent weekends and summers in Payson, where they had a home for more than 35 years.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Naomi, and preceded in death by eldest son, Craig.
Other survivors are his sons, Mark (Sandy), Eric (Peggy), and Geoff (Allyson) Williams; and three loving grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He will be remembered for always having a joke, cooking many holiday dinners, his huge love for his family and his love of the Catholic faith.
“Jerry - Dad - Papa, your family loves you very much and will miss you greatly,” the family writes.
Donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Funeral Mass and Rosary will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 19644 N. 7th Ave., in Phoenix on Friday, June 12, Rosary at 8:30 a.m., and Mass at 9 a.m.