Michael Richard Williams was born on June 22, 1945 in Monterey, CA to Wesley E. Williams and Athalee Overton. He passed away on April 7, 2021 in Amarillo, TX where he resided.
Memorial mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4100 S. Coulter. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.
Michael earned a Master’s Degree from West Texas State University in Computer Science and worked at Bell Helicopter for a number of years. In 1978, he and his family moved to Saudi Arabia to work for ARAMCO. They lived there for 18 years and were able to travel extensively to many interesting places. In 1996, they returned to Amarillo, TX.
Michael was a man of many talents and interests. He loved to read history books, science fiction books and just about every magazine you can think of. He was an avid movie fan and never missed an opportunity to see a new movie. He was a master gardener and was a stained glass artist. While in Arabia, he belonged to the Photography Club, the Racquetball Club, and the Art Club, he was not only a member, but held offices as well. He became the Eagle Scout Coordinator in Arabia and organized many Scout Camporees for the area scouts throughout the years. He loved designing the patches for these events. After returning from Arabia, he volunteered to do taxes for the police officers and firefighters free of charge and was very active in community politics attending many city council meetings regularly.
He became paralyzed in December 2003, but still continued to work as Asst. Treasurer for Randall County until he retired in May 2011. Michael had endless energy and was always willing to lend a helping hand where needed. He will be missed by his family but he has left behind so many memories.
Michael is survived by his wife of 52 years, Petra Williams of Amarillo, TX; son, Justin Williams and granddaughter, Allegra of Huntsville, TX; son, Jason Williams (Lauren) and grandson, Owen of Corpus Christi, TX; son, Oscar Ramirez and granddaughter, Melia of Austin, TX; brothers, Pat Williams (Beverly) of Amarillo, TX, Ken Williams (Patty) of Stephensville, TX, and Tim Williams (Vonda) of Amarillo, TX; 4 nieces; 3 nephews; 2 great-nieces; and 1 great-nephew.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Faith City Mission, Hope Lives Here or Paralyzed Veterans of America.