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Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

OBITUARY

David Lee Williams

November 24, 1948October 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.

  • FAMILY

  • Woodrow Williams, Father (deceased)
  • Adelaide (Buffetti) Williams, Mother (deceased)
  • Fredrick Williams, Brother (deceased)
  • J.B Miller, Step-Father (deceased)
  • Trudy Skiles, Long-time Partner
  • Suzanne Williams, Sister
  • Becky Skiles, Sister of Trudy
  • Bryon Radley, Nephew
  • Steven Radley, Nephew
  • Sara Hemingway, Niece
  • David is also survived by his extended family of Buffetti cousins and a lifetime of friends.

Services

  • Memorial Procession Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

David Lee Williams

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Gayle Murtha Nevin

October 12, 2019

I first met Dave (Coach Williams) in high school. He was my track coach. He was a great coach and mentor and one of those teachers that the girls, secretly, swooned over. He was such a great guy! I would run into Dave, over the years, here and there...at a restaurant, a Palmer reunion or Patty Jewett. It was during one of those times, that I found out he was in a relationship with Trudy, who had been my doctor for years. Thank you for being there for me, Trudy, through all the good and tough times. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I'm so glad you guys had that year. I just wish it had been more. With deepest sympathy and love, Gayle

Luther Moore

October 11, 2019

R.I.P. Coach Dave!!! Nothing will ever replace the memories I have of you coaching Us in football and on the track team at Mitchell High School!!!! You are one of my most positive influences during my high school years!!!! You fire and your spirit will be missed!!!! I pray that the loving God will give peace and comfort to your surviving family and friends!!!! See you on the other side coach. Please tell coach Clark Davis that I said what's up...:-).

Luther R. Moore Jr.
Class of 1984

Trish Murray

October 11, 2019

I met Dave about 30 years ago through my ex husband when he came to visit us in Virginia Beach. He was always smiling and "sitting on go". I also had the privilege of visiting him in Colorado a couple of times where he took my son and I hiking and exploring the place he loved and called home. I know he and my ex husband will be laughing and carrying on like they used to! I will miss him and his always positive attitude and love of life!

Nicole Madden (Solarek)

October 10, 2019

Coach,

There are so many fond memories and inspirational speeches that you gave that I can’t even begin to state them all. You were a great man, God is getting a hell of a coach!

You will be missed by so many. We will all cherish the good times, the laughs, the encouragement, and the inspiration that you gave to so many.

Suzanne Williams

October 10, 2019

Well Dave, I knew this day would come that you would leave me but I wasn't ready. You were my big brother first before you became a football star in high school, college, and NFL, teacher and coach.
Mom and I were your biggest fan. You were always protective of Freddy and I growing up. And no one was dumb enough to mess with you.

As a teenager going to Wasson, I was quiet and shy, But girls would come up to me, Are you Dave Willians' sister............and of course, I said, yes, I was very proud.

I, once had someone come up to me when I worked for the telephone company and ask me "What is it like to be Dave Williams' sister................

You were my hero over the years but mainly we had a bold of brother-sister that I couldn't understand. Even though, we had our struggles with your health issues, we always knew we loved each other and we would be there for each other.

I love you, Dave, may you enjoy your time in heaven with all the people who loved you and were waiting for you......Mom, Dad, Freddy and some friends who went before you, especially Clark and Mike.

Suzanne Williams

Mary Jo (Lobato)Moore

October 10, 2019

Coach Williams.....
So sad to hear the news! I loved being the manager for the football team and you made it special for all of us! I will never forget you.... til we meet again! Thank you for all you did for us!

Mark Schultz

October 10, 2019

Really sorry to hear this news. I played some softball with Dave and remember him being a really good dude. Prayers to his family and RIP

Vickie Smith

October 9, 2019

I'll never forget the 4:00 a.m. call from you and know that we helped you out big time. Remember you and Kinger working at our house? Magically things worked out for you, and the years you spent at Mitchell were the best years ever. I'll never forget when Karen and I brought paper bags in for all the coaches to wear because of an embarrassing loss.
I can hear your laughter now, and cannot believe I'll not hear it again in this life but know that we will meet again. I love that you love animals and treat them as family. We shared some great moments and memories.
I'll miss your farewell because my favorite boyfriend is racing in Baja, and I'll be waiting for him to take the checkered flag with a bottle of champagne--as always.
Your were the greatest AA president ever. Do you still have your membership card?
Via con Dios, Dave!! You will be missed..

Pat Throckmorton

October 9, 2019

I remember Dave from the days when Sue and I ran around as good friends always with Sara in tow. When Dave was in attendance he always had such great humor and always stories to tell.

Tom Brockman

October 9, 2019

I have known Dave for many years. I had the pleasure of getting to know him when he coached on Tom Sandoval’s football staff at Billy Mitchell. He was a coach that I respected & enjoyed being around. What a great guy & what an example of a high school coach. I have good memories of our times together.
RIP, my friend
Coach Tom Brockman
Pueblo Centennial HS

FROM THE FAMILY