Donald Paul Williams, Nov.8, 1932 Feb.8, 2020, born in Olean, NY was the youngest of three boys. After his father abandoned the family, his mother went to live and work on a farm and placed her boys up for adoption. Don was adopted by the very loving Glenn and Mary Williams of Cuba, NY at age two. Tall and athletic, he excelled at multiple sports and after graduating from Cuba High School he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1951.
Don trained as an aircraft mechanic and parachute rigger. He was stationed in Guam, Okinawa, Vietnam, Philippines, Hawaii, Washington, Florida, New Jersey, California, and on aircraft carriers USS Randolph and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt over his career. He served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was commissioned in 1966. His final station was Moffett Field in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1975 until 1982 when he retired as CWO4 after 31 years of service.
After remarrying and retiring from the Navy, he and his family relocated to Warren County, Pennsylvania and settled in Youngsville, and he worked in sales and maintenance until retiring fully several years later. He always loved the outdoors and enjoyed road trips, beaches, swimming, skiing, and especially golfing. Don and his wife, Irene, were loving parents and Opa & Oma to their grandchildren. They liked to travel to her native home, Germany and around Europe, visit family, listen to live music, and care for their many dogs and cats over the years. He and Irene were happily married for 32 years until her death in 2014.
Don was a member of the Cable Hollow Golf Course in Warren and looked forward to the end of each winter in order to resume his favorite hobby with longtime friends.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Glenn, his mother, Mary, sister, Jeanne, and wife Irene.
He is survived by his sons Glenn Bradford (Shadzi) Williams of Los Angeles, CA, John (Melanie) Victor of Youngsville, PA, Daniel (Stephanie) Victor of Greensburg, PA, a daughter Kristi (John) Fergason of Los Altos, CA, three grandsons, and three granddaughters.
No services will be held at this time.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the ASPCA or NavyMarine Corps Relief Society in Don’s name.
The Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Youngsville, have been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome .net.