Dave Williams
1948 - 2019
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November 24, 1948 October 7, 2019
Dave's voice could always be heard over the roar and bleacher stomping of the crowd at Gary Berry Stadium, a triumphant boom encouraging his Mitchell Marauder defense to hold the line one last time. That voice, as athletic and strong as any could be, extending himself beyond the sidelines and into our hearts, leaving us wanting every night to be Friday to feel his love for the game, again.
Dave Williams died on Monday, October 7th at Penrose Hospital Main under a crisp fall evening surrounded by his partner and family. He was 4th generation born in Colorado Springs on November 24, 1948, the son of Woodrow Williams and Adelaide (Buffetti) Williams.
Dave was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Wilson, mother Adelaide Miller, brother Fredrick Williams, and stepfather J.B Miller.
He is survived by his long-time partner Trudy Skiles, sister Suzanne Williams, Becky Skiles (sister of Trudy), nephews Bryon and Steven Radley and niece Sara Hemingway. He is also survived by his extended family of Buffetti cousins and a lifetime of friends he has made in the Springs, in Vail and throughout Colorado.
Dave was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Monterey, California. Before his interest in football Dave and his brother Fred would play baseball on a daily basis to pass the time and drag their sister to the beach. He graduated from Wasson High school in 1967 and went on to get his bachelors and master's in education from Western Colorado University in 1971 and 1974 respectively. He played football at Western and in 1971 was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and spent his only extended time out of Colorado as an adult for two years following the Eagles farm team practicing out of Virginia Beach, VA. Once back in the Springs Dave started teaching and coaching at Palmer High school where he worked from 1973-1979, and then continuing his tenure at Mitchell High school where he taught up until his retirement in 2006. One of Dave's proudest moments was taking the Marauders to the state football championship in 1981 and winning 14-7 against Columbine.
Dave's love for sports after retiring from coaching turned recreational and when he wasn't golfing, or hiking, he was road biking or skiing. He was often known to drive Burthoud Pass at breakneck speeds in his Toyota 4Runner, much to the distress of his passengers, so they could all be the first up to the ski lift, and they were. His passion for the outdoors was his lifeblood, rivaled only by his obsession with old western movies. His need to keep moving, on to the next adventure, and on to the next, with his four-legged children Kirby and Koby in toe, combined into one love of tackling as much of the Colorado expanse as possible. In his last couple of months, he and Trudy were fortunate enough to travel Iceland and a majority of the Western United States camping and touring, doing what he loved right up until the end.
Underneath that strength, the one that bowled you over with his rough hug, giant callused hands and boisterous laugh, was his love and sensitivity for the women in his life. His mother, 'Mom' he would say, bursting through the door twice her size in the final years hunched over with scoliosis, her face lighting up and shuffling toward the door to see him. Today we know she will be smiling when she hears his voice 'Mom', again.
There will be a funeral procession for David Williams on October 12th at 11am at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs. His family asks that you consider a donation in his name to the Alzheimer's Association his mother Adelaide in research to help those that follow.

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Published in The Gazette on Oct. 10, 2019.
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7 entries
October 18, 2019
I had Dave as a student teacher my Senior year at Wasson and he was my freshman football coach at Western. He was one of the best coaches and human beings I've ever met.
Chuck Cunningham
October 17, 2019
Gary Morris
October 12, 2019
Many years ago Dave hand crafted a wooden patio bench for us. It is still lovely. What a friendly man! He will be missed.
Ray/ Kris Nordstrom
October 11, 2019
Dave, was a great guy. He never had a bad word about anyone and was always encouraging.
Mike Huffman
October 10, 2019
Wills, was for me.. 1st a teacher, a coach and a friend. I was BLESSED to have a relationship with him after high school and to get to know him as an adult. Dave was a strong influence in my life and I am a better man for having him in my life. Thanks for giving all you did! you are loved Coach!
James Proby
October 10, 2019
After Dave and I compared notes while I was officiating one of the Mitchell football games we realized we had played against each other while he was at Western State and I was playing in Pueblo. Though Dave was intense - he was never out of line. Great guy, Will be missed by many.
JJ Klikus
October 10, 2019
Thank you for being a good Role model for your students. We will miss your smile and laughter.
"Hold that line Maurders, hold that line!"
Prayers for your family.
Class of 1981.
Sherryl Nilsen (Hoover)
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