Sept. 1, 1925 — Nov. 7, 2010
“Jim” was born in Ogden, Utah, and at age 85, died at his home in Cameron Park after a difficult year of medical complications. He passed peacefully in his favorite recliner chair with close family, friends and neighbors around him, just as he wanted. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Muriel, who died 22 years ago.
Jim was a retired airline pilot for United Airlines who began his working
career by becoming a Navy Seabee, where he built runways overseas during World War II. He then joined United in August 1946, two weeks before his 21st birthday. He was hired as an apprentice mechanic and retired from his career as a 747 First Officer 38 years later in San Francisco.
Jim first soloed in a 65HP J3 Piper Cub airplane on July 11, 1948. The
longest living resident on Cameron Air Park, he owned a Piper Comaianche, which he flew and maintained for many years. He loved “holding court” every morning with the boys at Main Air on Cameron Park Airport during the morning coffee clutch. He always had answers and advice to hand out to his family, friends and neighbors, which is why we loved him so.
Mr. Williams is survived by his sister, Donna Stone; step-son, Ken; and nephews, Bret (Nancy), Greg (Susan), David, Kurt and Brett and their families.
At Mr. Williams’ request, his ashes will be scattered at sea. Donations in his honor may be made to Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.