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Published: Thursday, 9/16/2004

Findlay lawyer was councilman, played bagpipes

FINDLAY - David John Williams, a longtime Findlay lawyer who was a former president of the Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association and a former Hancock County assistant prosecutor, died of cancer Saturday in his Ransom Canyon, Texas, home after a 13-year bout with the illness. He was 66.

"He was just very committed to whatever he did," his wife of 38 years, Susan Williams, said. "He was very disciplined, but he was also very caring."

When Mr. Williams lived in Findlay from 1976 to 1992, he at different times was a Marathon Oil Co. corporate lawyer and a private lawyer in general practice first with attorney Charles Sherk and later with attorney Stan Needles.

He was assistant prosecuting attorney for a couple of years, beginning in the late 1980s.

Mr. Williams also served two terms on the Findlay City Council from 1980 to 1983, taught law-related courses at the University of Findlay from 1977 to 1980, coached the university cross-country team for a year in the late-1970s, and was an avid YMCA volunteer, Mrs. Williams said.

A native of St. Joseph, Mich., and an Eagle Scout, Mr. Williams finished St. Joseph High School in about 1956 and got his bachelor's degree in economics from Albion College in Michigan in 1960.

After college, Mr. Williams completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Va., and was on active duty in the United States and Japan from 1963 to 1966, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of captain. He stayed in the Ready Reserve until 1972.

After he came back from service, Mr. Williams attended Louisiana State University law school, graduating in 1969.

He then was at different times an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, an attorney with a railroad company in Jacksonville, Fla., and a private attorney in St. Joseph before moving to Findlay in 1976.

After retiring in 1992, Mr. Williams moved to Ransom Canyon, where he joined several equestrian clubs, participated in horse shows and trail rides, and served on roundup crews at local ranches.

In his free time, Mr. Williams also enjoyed playing highland bagpipes and guitar at local community events and was a lay speaker for Christian groups.

Mr. Williams was a vestry member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Findlay in the 1970s and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Findlay in the 1980s. He was co-founder of the Lion Rampart Pipes and Drums of Findlay and was on the board of directors of the Ohio Scottish Games. His other memberships included the Rotary and the Kiwanis clubs in Findlay.

Surviving are his wife, Susan Williams; sons, Steve Williams and George Williams; sisters, Jane Williams Ruiter and Becky Williams Akerson, and four grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Westminister Presbyterian Church, Lubbock, Texas, and at 11 a.m. Oct. 2 in Trinity Episcopal Church, Findlay. Arrangements are by the Sanders Funeral Home, Lubbock.

The family suggests tributes to Patients for Advanced Cancer Treatments Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.; the Salvation Army, Lubbock, Tex.; the Salvation Army Corps Community Center, Findlay, or the Hospice of Lubbock.



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