Terry Williams, 65, passed suddenly after suffering a fatal heart attack, Saturday, May 18, 2019. Terry was born April 6, 1954 to Lowell Williams and Shirley (Davidson) Heathers in Mount Vernon, Wash.
He attended Conway Grade School and graduated Stanwood High School, class of 1972. Terry attended Shoreline Community College on a basketball scholarship. He worked construction with his uncle, Dale Gunerius, for several years during his early years, then as a dispatcher for Ajax and Ron Nobach Trucking. When his younger brother, Ken and sister-in-law, Karen, asked him to help run the Dettling Dairy in Stanwood, he quickly made his decision to join them on the farm. He worked the farm for 13 years, tending it as if it was his own. He retired from the farm April 2009.
Terry married Molly Daniels on Aug. 4, 1979. They had a son, Chad Williams, March 20, 1982. Chad was the apple of his father’s eyes. During Terry’s truck dispatching years, he met the future love of his life, Jacki Kaelin, a self-employed truck broker from Milton, Wash. They married on March 5, 1994 and Terry became step-father to two sons, Kyle and Marc Kaelin. His family was complete.
After retirement, Terry and Jacki relocated from Burlington, Wash. to Kamiah, building a beautiful home on top of a
mountain outside the town that reminded Terry of Stanwood ‘back in the day.’ Tragically, their new home burned to the ground in a wildfire August 2015. He rebuilt an even more beautiful home on the same site and loved working his ground, gardening, caring for his miniature donkeys, feeding the wild deer, and hunting.
Terry quickly became a well-known ‘local’ and made many good friends in Kamiah. He joined the local trap shoot club and became President, joined a bowling league and helped neighbors no matter their need. Everyone who knew Terry knew of his sense of humor and practical jokes; they will live on in our memory forever. Terry was also a natural born artist. He could draw, paint, create metal artwork, and make beautiful wooden bowls.
Terry was preceded in death by his father, Lowell Williams, mother and father-in-law, Marty and Jack Fox, paternal grandparents, Stephen and Ethel Williams, and maternal grandparents, Morris and Sylvia Davidson.
Terry is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Jacki Kaelin Williams, Kamiah; sons, Chad Williams, Goodyear, Ariz.; Kyle Kaelin, Puyallup; Marc (Tara) Kaelin, Snoqualmie; granddaughters, Mackenzie and Harper Kaelin; mother Shirley Heathers, Mount Vernon; brother Ken (Karen) Williams, Stanwood; sister Tami (Ron) Whiton, Burlington; step-sisters, Pam (Dean Harriman), Conway, and Heidi Heathers, Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Greg (Darcy) Fox, Graham; and sister-in-law, Sherrie Fox Rutland, Puyallup. He also leaves a nephew, nieces, aunts, uncles and many cousins and close friends.
Celebration of Life will be held at the Kamiah Gun Club, Sunday, June 2, open house from 1-3 p.m. Will have Terry’s favorite thing in life—just DESSERTS.
Contributions in Terry’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, or American Heart Association.