Stanley Ray Willliams
Stanley Ray Willliams, 78, passed away May 5, 2019, at Annie's Summer Home in Madras. He was born in Lebanon, Oregon, May 6, 1940, to parents, Paul and Molly Williams of Lacomb.
Stan grew up in Lacomb, Tumalo, Bend and Sisters, where he worked with his dad in various businesses. In Tumalo, he helped ranch and farm on 285 acres while riding his horse called Smokey. Stan enjoyed diving off his back into the river and could swim between Smokey's legs.
In Bend, he helped his dad run the West Side Tavern. He would say years later, that he saw the walls of the brand new Bend High School go up and his dad said to him, "Guess what? We're selling the tavern and moving to Sisters," where Stan excelled at sports.
Always being athletic, it showed his senior year at Sisters. He played tailback for the 1957 state championship team, played in the East-West Shrine game, he was second team all state in basketball his junior year, and first team all state his senior year. Also in his senior year, their football team scored more points in a single game than their basketball team did (in the `70s). On the baseball field, he played shortstop, catcher and pitcher, batting .414 his senior year.
Stan attended Linfield College, playing both basketball and baseball. His sophomore year, he was 13th in the nation with a .400 hitting percentage. He graduated with a Masters of Education degree.
He met and married Jerry Massey their junior year, on June 10, 1961, and went on to coach two years at Grant High School, and six years at Newburg High School before coming to Madras in 1971. When arriving in Madras, Stan coached seventh and eighth grade basketball, high school football and baseball, where he earned seven Coach of the Year awards, along with other accomplishments, while being a physical education teacher for 34 years.
Stan also enjoyed camping, fishing and water-skiing on Lake Billy Chinook, listening to the Statler Brothers, Oakridge Boys and Elvis gospel favorites. He always had a passion for athletics and developing students and players to do things they thought they couldn't.
He always enjoyed telling stories about his granddaughter, Michayla Rae Williams, and sons, Scott and Paul. Also players and students developing skills they would use for the rest of their lives from learning sports. This surprisingly circled back around to him when the players and students visited him 25 to 30 years later, and how they told stories about what he had taught them that kept them out of harm's way.
If you knew Stan Williams for five minutes, then you knew him for his entire life because he was simple. He said what he did and he did what he said. Stan had a great sense of humor.
Stan is survived by his sons, Scott and Paul Williams; and his granddaughter, Michayla Rae Williams.
He was preceded in death by Jerry Willliams (2006); parents, Paul and Molly; brother, Roger Williams; and sister, Charlene Hyder of Lebanon.
There will be a close family and friends service at 10 a.m. at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park, followed by a memorial service at Cornerstone Baptist Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 8.