George O. Williams

George O. WilliamsGeorge Owen Williams of Trona passed away at Palmdale Regional Medical Center after a short battle with aggressive cancer.

George was born in Provo, Utah, on Sept. 10, 1931, as the only child to George Wallace and Wilma Lois (Heck) Williams. He was raised in Las Vegas and Los Angeles before moving to Trona for his career of more than 35 years at the Trona plant. He started under the American Potash and Chemical Co., and retired while working for Kerr McGee.

He was a well-respected journeyman boilermaker/welder who took great pride in his work and would “fix anything made out of metal” for anyone who asked. He was one of the first TIG welders in the country.

His hobbies included collecting anything to do with trains, taking four-wheel drives to explore the local mountain ranges, looking for “the Lost Dutchman’s Mine” and other prospecting adventures, taking the family camping, hunting and fishing through the years and several tinkering projects around the house.

His favorite areas were Monache Meadows in the nearby Sierra Nevadas, and Lake Mojave at Searchlight, Nev. He loved to tell Darlene, and his children and friends informative stories about Trona’s history.

George is survived by his wife of 27 years, Darlene, and children Lois Jane Maurice, Kathi Jo Williams, Sharri Williams, Linda Timmons Straughan, granddaughter Natalie (Maurice) Young, great-granddaughter Kilie Mahoney, and his companion dog, Rudy. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Wilma Jane, and wife Barbara; and grandson Christopher Raper.

Graveside services are planned for Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Searles Valley’s Trona Cemetery. Instead of flowers, please consider a donation in George’s name to Best Friends Animal Society, 15321 Brand Blvd. Mission Hills, CA 91345; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 12365 Lewis St., Garden Grove, CA 92840.

— Submitted by the family of George Williams

Story First Published: 2017-02-17