Obituary for March 22, 2013

By Baker City Herald March 22, 2013 08:35 am

Del Williams

Baker City, 1936-2013

Del Williams,75, of Baker City, died March 15, 2013.

A private service will be scheduled later. 

Del was born on June 21, 1936, at Richland to Walter and Opal Williams. He attended Eagle Valley schools through high school. His college years were at Boise Junior College and Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Initially he studied accounting but switched to physics, which he found much more interesting. His professional life was varied. 

He helped build dams on the Snake River and the Columbia River. At Kaiser Permanente in California he worked on the early automation of medical records.

He missed the friendliness of his home state so after two years, he returned to Oregon to work at Portland Public Schools managing the automation of student records. 

Later he was a department head at Tektronix in Beaverton. After leaving Tek he started his own company, Synertech, designing printed circuit boards for high-tech companies. 

The home he and his wife built near Portland was earth-sheltered. They retired to Baker City. He was a good businessman and had a soft touch for people and animals in need.

His lifelong hobby was Model A Ford cars. In Portland he was active in the Beaver Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America. 

He also helped start the Lone Pine A’s in Baker County. He was an expert mechanic and loved helping others work on their A’s. His favorite trip in his A was to an international meet in Calgary, Canada. He also attended two rallies in New Zealand.  

He is survived by Julianne, his wife of 30 years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Model A Ford Foundation Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 95151, Nonantum, MA 02495.