Jerry Williamson

July 18, 1939December 16, 2017

Jerry Bowen Williamson, III, passed away at home on Saturday, December 16, 2017. He was born on July 18, 1939 to Bowen & Irma Clifton Speight Williamson. He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diane Thomas Williamson, his son Paul and wife Carol and their children Thomas, Walker and Ellie, his son Bo and wife Megan and their children Emma and Millie, and his daughter Beth and husband Matt Nicholas, all of Dallas; and siblings Speight Anderson of Houston, Elaine and husband Bill Crane of Shreveport, Jesse Williamson of Dallas, and Becky and husband JD Williams of Winona, TX.

Jerry received his BA in Economics from SMU in 1961 and his JD from SMU in 1965. During this time he also served in the Air National Guard, both as active duty and in the reserves.

After law school, Jerry initially worked as a City Attorney for the City of Dallas. In 1968 he joined his father and brother, Jesse, in the family printing business, Williamson Printing Corporation, which they built into an internationally recognized commercial and specialty products printing company. He retired as Chairman of the Board and CEO in 2012. In addition to leading Williamson Printing, he was very active in many national printing organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Printing Industries of America in 1998/1999 and Chairman of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation from 2000-2003, and he was instrumental in the merger of those two national organizations. During his career, he also received many awards and honors, including induction into the Printing Impressions Hall of Fame in 1997, the PIA - Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, the Web Offset Association Harry V. Quadracci Vision Award in 2003, the Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas Award, and the PIA Mid-America Visionary Award in 2015, and was a member of the Ben Franklin Honor Society as well as the Walter E. Soderstrom Society.

He loved spending time with his family, especially attending his grandkids’ sporting events and activities. He also had a strong love for his country and the military. He was a life member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, Northwood Club and University Park United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to University Park United Methodist Church Foundation,; the Salesmanship Club of Dallas,; or the SMU Athletic Association,

Services will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at UPUMC (4024 Caruth Blvd, Dallas 75225)


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, December 21, 2017


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Dee Burch

December 15, 2018

Tomorrow marks a year that you became an angel. Still miss you. You would be so proud of your family, and those amazing grandchildren. Never forgotten!

Dee Burch

March 5, 2018

I still miss you everyday my friend.Dee

Dee Burch

January 22, 2018


Linda Boyce

January 8, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear. My prayers to Mrs. Williamson and family.

December 21, 2017

My sympathy and condolences in the loss of Jerry Williamson: Associates during our days with the City of Dallas, fellow member of the Salesmanship Club in the years since, and respected and appreciated friend --- one of quiet strength. I was stunned and saddened by the report. I will miss him.

George R. Schrader
Former City Manager, City of Dallas

Cody and Amelia O'Brien

December 20, 2017

We were shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire WIlliamson family during this sad time. Jerry leaves behind an amazing legacy and loving family. We wish we could be there for the service. Bo, Paul, Jesse and family, you are all on our hearts and minds.

Brian Longmore

December 20, 2017

Fond memories of a fine man and his family.

Jerry and his sons Paul and Bo visited Melbourne in the 1980s and
we continued a long term friendship.
Many trips to Dallas to visit WPC and be amazed at there Innovation.

Our thoughts are with Diane,Paul and Bo and Families at this time.

RIP Jerry.

Brian and Julie Longmore
Melbourne ,Australia.

Tom Middleton

December 20, 2017

My condolences to Jesse and Becky Williamson.

Gisela Cruz

December 20, 2017

So saddened by the loss of Mr. Jerry Williamson. He was such a kind man. My condolences to the Williamson family. May he rest in Peace and God grant the Williamson family comfort during this time of sorrow.

Steve Holmes

December 20, 2017

I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. He was a fair and just man. I worked with Jerry during the 16 years prior to his retirement. I appreciate the opportunity he and Jesse gave me to work for the fine company they built. I have many, many good memories there. I know he will live on thru our thoughts and memories. My sympathies and prayers go out to the entire Williamson family. God bless.


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