Edmund Jay Williams

  • Born: September 14, 1936
  • Died: November 4, 2017
  • Location: Menan, Idaho

Tribute & Message From The Family

Edmund was born on September 14, 1936 and passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Edmund was a resident of Menan, Idaho at the time of passing.

He attended school in the small farming town, and it was here he met the love of his life, Arlene Barzee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Menan L.D.S. Stake Center (698 N. 3600 E. Menan) with Bishop Gary Olaveson Conducting. Burial will be in the Burton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Brigham Young University-Idaho Campus Geology Department in Ed's name. Friday, November 10, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Menan LDS Stake Center 698 N. 3600 E. Menan, Idaho 83434 Saturday, November 11, 2017 11:00 AM Menan LDS Stake Center 698 N. 3600 E. Menan, Idaho 83434.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by JENNINGS SKIDMORE    November 16, 2017

I feel like a life-long friend has passed on. I really enjoyed growing up with your family in my periphery and in the last 15 years working with you at BYU-Idaho. You left a great legacy. You will be missed.

Posted by A friend   November 13, 2017

I loved my geology classes with Brother Williams, when I was at Ricks College in the early 70's. My mid-life crises was to go on his 30th Expedition in 1995 at the age of 43. I stayed with his family on the weekends, when we were back in town. Brother Williams touched my heart in so many ways.

Posted by Steven Gwilliam - Saint George, UT   November 11, 2017

What a gem of a man! We first met Ed and Arlene when we got a fresh Christmas tree at their nursery on Poleline Road some 19 years ago. We took a gardening class from them which we enjoyed and learned so much! And Ed was so resourceful when I had issues with my plants. This spring we purchased a peach tree from him. We have pear, apple, and blackberries from Ed's nursery too. It was always a treat to go to his house in Menan to buy Phoebe Williams tomatoes; he'd show us his gardens and then the wonderful view from his deck. He was inspiring and delightful with good stories and a wonderful green thumb. Our condolences to Myrna and the rest of the family.

Posted by Dave and Carol Brown - Rexburg, ID   November 10, 2017

Thanks to one of the best teachers who has ever lived. Whether the classroom was on a high mountain peak, on Campus, in his beloved greenhouse or sitting in his house having dessert, Bro. Williams always made feel like you were special. I will miss his smile an send my prayers and love to the entire Williams family.

Posted by Ryan Rydalch - Leavenworth, KS   November 10, 2017

Brother Williams was my teacher and mentor at Ricks almost 50 years ago (1969-1970). He instilled in me a love of geology and testimony of the divine creation of the earth. He went with us, the geology club, to the base of the Grand Canyon on a field trip in the spring of 1970. If it hadn't been for his encouragement and sense of humor, I doubt that I could have completed the climb out (he didn't give up on me, when I almost gave up on myself). He helped to make my two years at Ricks two of the greatest years of my life. I know that y'all have the fondest of memories because of him. I know that I do.

Posted by Linda Moss DiVall - Fort Worth, TX   November 10, 2017

Ed Williams had ability to fire enthusiasm in others, no matter what he taught or talked about. I only flitted about the edges of his life, but some of my best memories of outdoor experiences were made with his leadership & direction. May God bless his family as they adjust to his passing.

Posted by Brett Johnson - Rexburg, ID   November 10, 2017

What a wonderful man he was. I joined him for one of his Field Expeditions and to this day(43 years later) I tell my children of the things I learned there and how it changed my life. My Father, Wilson Walker, was a close friend of his and I have very fond memories of him.
May you always remember him as a man who changed lives and loved the Lord

Posted by Janeen Walker Jones - Provo, UT   November 10, 2017

Myrna, I was so sorry to hear about Ed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by A friend   November 09, 2017

I learned so much from Ed on Expedition. My testimony and love of the world around me were both strengthened. I frequently share my geology knowledge from Ed with my own children as we visit National Parks. I was blessed to know him.

Posted by Lisa Bernotski Johnson - Orem, UT   November 09, 2017

Your presence is and will be missed so much. The girls loved your "horsey horsey" and nobody will ever be able to do it the way you did.
We love you Ed! Till we meet again!

Posted by Nicole Bybee - Menan, ID   November 09, 2017

Laura, Jennie and family, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was always kind to me as I spent many hours in your home. I know he will be missed.

Posted by Selena McCoig - San Antonio, TX   November 08, 2017

With love and deep respect we say farewell to a wonderful friend, mentor, and colleague. May the Lord bless and comfort his family at this difficult time.

Posted by Ed & Lee Anne Kinghorn - Apia, Samoa   November 08, 2017

Myrna I am sorry to hear about your husband. know my thoughts are with you now.

Posted by Sheryl Hayes - Menan   November 08, 2017

Ed taught me lessons on Expedition that will stick with me throughout my life. From his firm faith in God, to his love of the rocks, my life is blessed from Ed's influence.

Posted by Lani Whitney - Kimberly, ID   November 08, 2017

Ed was the most enthusiastic geologist and rock hound I have ever known. He was loved by all of his students. The "Expedition" class that he created at Ricks College touched many, many lives.

Posted by Ben Jordan - Laie, HI   November 08, 2017

Thank you, Brother Williams, for grounding me to God and to Earth.

Posted by Ken Craner - Rexburg, ID   November 07, 2017