Alan Mern Williams

8/16/1953 ~ 11/11/2021

Alan Mern Williams, 68, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 11, 2021, in Sandy, Utah from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease.
Alan was born August 16, 1953, in Tacoma, Washington to Tess Mern Williams and Maxine Hoggan Williams. Alan was the second child and only son born to Tess and Maxine. Shortly after Alan’s birth, the family moved to Portland, Oregon, then in 1960 to Orem, Utah, where his father taught at nearby Brigham Young University. Alan graduated from Orem High School in 1971 and attended BYU on a Karl G. Maeser Scholarship. He paused his studies from 1972-1974 to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the French Polynesia (Tahiti) Mission. He graduated from BYU in 1978, then enrolled in law school at the University of Utah and graduated in 1981. Upon passing the bar exam, Alan served in the U.S. Army Active Guard Reserve and spent nearly four years on active duty working in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington. In 1985, he stepped back from active duty, moved his family back to Utah, and began practicing law in the public and private sectors. From 1989 until 2002, Alan worked as an attorney in Vernal, Utah. He then retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel, left the law profession, and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to work for the Department of Homeland Security. In 2017, he retired from Homeland Security when his Parkinson’s Disease made it impossible to work professionally any longer.
Alan married Racquel Robison on October 16, 1980, in the Provo, Utah Temple and began a long and happy marriage. They had two children, Shandra Williams and Braden Mern Williams. Alan was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions in the church. In their later years, Alan and Racquel particularly enjoyed working together in the Winter Quarters Temple and serving in the small branches of the Lincoln, Nebraska Stake. They also regularly helped Alan’s mother, Maxine Williams, who spent her final years in senior living in Lincoln after her husband passed away.
Alan loved to read. As a child, he could almost always be found in his room with a book. This continued through his adult life whenever he could find a free moment to read. He also enjoyed the outdoors. He earned his Eagle Scout rank in high school and enjoyed serving in the Scouting program as an adult. He loved camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing with anyone willing to tag along. Alan loved studying maps and planning road trips, cruises, and any form of travel. He was also an avid golfer and frequently arranged golf tournaments for his buddies from Homeland Security. Although he was something of an introvert, he was also a great joker, as his children and nieces and nephew well remember. One of his greatest loves was music. He played the baritone in both his high school and college marching bands. He kept up his love for music by playing baritone and tuba in community bands in Vernal, Utah and in Lincoln, Nebraska. He also had a large collection of movies that kept him company during the frequent tornado warnings in Lincoln. One of his truest and greatest pleasures was to visit and plan adventures for his grandchildren.
Alan is survived by his wife, Racquel Robison Williams, his son Braden Williams (Rebecca Gustafson), his daughter Shandra Williams Hall (Lawrence Hall), his sister Dorice Williams Elliott (Robert Elliott), and five grandchildren—Caleb, Isaac, Anneliese, Ian, and Hugh Williams (and one more on the way).
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the Provo Peak 7th Ward (502 E 200 N). Viewings, Friday, November 19, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. prior to services both at the church. Interment in the Fillmore City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to either the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund.

The Williams Family would like to thank Liz and the nursing staff at Cedarwood Memory Care, as well as the staff at Canyon Home Care and Hospice—especially Mikey, Jen, Ashley, and Jeri—for their tireless care over the last several months.  

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6 Responses to “Alan Mern Williams”

  1. Cheryl Williams Brown says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time of separation. I hope you can find some solace through thoughts of his release from the effects of Parkinson’s and the joyful reunion he will have as he meets loved ones, especially his parents. The obituary was beautifully written and a fitting way to honor his life and express the things he accomplished and especially who and what he loved. I have lost track of cousins but I have such fond memories of our Williams reunions and time spent with cousins. We would love to be at his funeral but we are serving a mission in Texas but we will watch online.

    • Dorice Williams Elliott says:

      Thank you for your kind message, Cheryl. I’m so glad that you got the news and that Shandy sent you the link. There weren’t too many Williams folks at the viewing and funeral but it was wonderful to visit with Mary Ellen and with Cliff and Carma, as well as your sister Patty and Randy Williams. Have a wonderful time on your mission!

  2. I echo the thoughts of cousin Cheryl and send my thoughts and prayers to Alans family. Take peace in your beliefs of being together again someday.

  3. Roger and Shirley Sterle says:

    Our sympathies to the family. When your father found out I played tuba, he would often suggest I join vernals community band.

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with Alan’s family. Since Alan was a lot older than me as a cousin, I didn’t know him too well, but he came once to visit us in Eagle River, Alaska and it was a pleasure to get to know him during that trip. I enjoyed reading about his accomplishments in the obituary, and feel sure his family must be very proud of the person he was. The Williams family will all miss him.

  5. Dorice Williams Elliott says:

    Hi Carol,
    It’s been such a long time since I saw you but I well remember the Thanksgiving you spent with us many years ago when you lived in Topeka. We’re still in the same house in Lawrence. I really miss Alan — it’s very strange to be the last one in my birth family still alive. But we’re all glad that he is finally free of Parkinson’s, with which he struggled for many years.
    Love to you and Mark —