James W. Williams

James W. “Jim” Williams, 82, had a permanent change of station (PCS) to heaven on Jan. 14, 2020. Jim peacefully died in his Minden, Nev.,, home from complications related to ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Jim leaves his dedicated wife, Paulette, of over 40 years and his three dynamic kids: Cindy, Wes, and Cathy, along with their wonderful spouses and his four talented grandchildren.

Jim’s remarkable life encompassed a 30-year career at China Lake, where he supported our military endeavors with his heart and was especially attached to the HARM team.

In addition, Jim spent 20 years in active military service which included NASA’s Apollo capsule retrieval program.

Recreationally, Jim was a pilot, tinkered with cars, built a home, walked England coast to coast and devoured books. Yes, his talents were diverse. His sense of humor and his million-dollar smile remained with him to the end.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the High Sierra Fellowship’s building fund.

— Submitted by the family of James Williams

Story First Published: 2020-01-24