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Francis "Frank" S. Williams Sr.
- May 16, 1922 - May 21, 2008
Francis "Frank" S. Williams Sr. was born in Center,
Colorado to Frank and Ruth Williams (nee Riggenbach). He graduated
from St. Josephs High School in Denver in 1937. He graduated
from Regis College with a B.A. in 1941. He atttended Denver University
in 1942. Mr. Williams worked for Millers Thrifty Mart while
attending college. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942
until February 1946. On June 28, 1947, he married Elberta Harvey
in Denver. He received his Master of Arts degree from the University
of California-Berkeley in 1949.
- Mr. Williams taught at Florence High School from 1949 to
1952, prior to coming to Sheridan. At Florence he taught English,
Speech, and Dramatics. He was an original teacher at Sheridan
Union High School in 1952 and taught at Sheridan for 25 years.
At Sheridan he taught English, History, Journalism, Social Studies,
and Speech. He also held a staff position as the Educational
Enrichment Coordinator. At times, he was the faculty advisor
for Student Council and the Thespians club. Many graduates will
also remember him as a sponsor for the senior class. Students
wrote in one high school annual that "Mr. Williams most
memorable times at Sheridan have been working with students in
activites such as the high school plays and the school store."
He also managed the concessions stand at football and basketball
games for Sheridan.
- Mr. Clark Bond recalls the first classes in the fall of 1952
that were held at Fort Logan military post. "There was no
set up for a bell system. There was teacher by the name of Francis
Williams, who was an English teacher, and to this day I can remember
when students were out of the building for whatever
would hang out the window and ring a hand bell and that is when
the students knew to come in."
- After retiring from teaching in 1977, he enjoyed working
with his son at Old World Photography. Mr. Williams and his wife
moved to Greeley in 1979. Mr. Williams was a kind, thoughtful
and giving man. He had a great sense of humor and always had
a joke for every situation. He is missed by all who knew and
- Mr. Williams enjoyed fishing, walking, reading, sports and
needlepoint. He also rasied livestock on his ranch in LaSalle,
Colorado. He was a big Broncos fan. He was a very active member
at St. Peters Catholic Church. Mr. Williams died at his
home at 86 years old, surrounded by his family.
- Survivors include his wife, Elberta Williams of Greeley;
his daughter Jeanne Martin and husband Charles of Milliken; his
son, Frank Williams Jr. and wife Debbie of Eagle Point, Oregon;
his sister-in-law, Tena Harvey of Greeley; six grandchildren;
and 10 great-grandchildren.
Webmaster Note: Many of the annuals
in the Sheridan High School collection from the early years,
were received as a gift made on behalf of Mr. Williams.
- Source information:
- Unknown authors, Annuals, Sheridan High School, 3201
W. Oxford Avenue, Sheridan, Colorado, several years from 1953
- Staff Writer, Tributes for May 24, The Greeley Tribune,
May 23, 2008.
- Interview with Clark Bond by Roger Rowland, August 25, 2017.
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