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5/14/2019
An honorable man

The passing of former state Rep. William K. “Bill” Williams is cause for reflection.

Williams died Sunday in Ketchikan at the age of 75.

We will miss him. So will many other people in Saxman, Ketchikan and all across the State of Alaska.

Those who met Williams would not likely forget him. He was quiet and humble, possessing eyes of both twinkling good humor and the glint of iron resolve. Others in public life learned quickly not to underestimate the good representative from Saxman.

Saxman is where he served longest as an elected official, as a Saxman City Council member from 1972 to 1992, and as mayor of the City of Saxman from 1976 to 1983.  

Williams represented House District 1 from 1993 to 2004, serving for a time as co-chairman of the House Finance Committee. He was courageous in his advocacy for this area, and he earned the respect of many during his state service.  

Williams was a man of few words. So this will be brief, in his honor.

Thank you, Mr. Williams, for representing this community and region with quiet, steadfast dignity. You, sir, will be missed.