Alvin Eugene Williams, the son of E.J. “Bill” and Thelma Williams, passed away at 92 years old. Alvin was born in Crescent City, California and grew up working in the family business, a Shell Oil Distributorship in Del Norte County. He attended Humboldt University where he received his Bachelors of Science in 1950, and later returned to Humboldt to obtain his Masters in School Administration which he completed in 1964. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree Alvin started working as an 8th grade Science teacher at Crescent Elk. The Korean war started and Alvin was drafted to serve in the Army as a Sergeant in El Paso, Texas. His love of teaching grew while he was in the Army, where one of his duties was to teach others the science of teaching so young men could learn how to lead and train others as they were trained to serve overseas in the Korean War. In 1954, he married Mylouine Williams, who he lovingly referred to as his “beautiful bride.” They aged graciously together and were married just a few months shy of 65 years when Mylouine passed in 2019.
With his passion for education and administration, Alvin became a school principal at Joe Hamilton school. In the latter part of his career, he was awarded the position of principal at Smith River Elementary School. Outside of his primary career, Alvin was involved in the Crescent City Lions Club, Knife and Fork Club, Del Norte County Search and Rescue Team, Methodist Church and Foursquare Church.
Alvin loved sports and the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and duck hunter. Additionally, he enjoyed backpacking, camping, and water skiing. He even single skied the entire lake at Trinity Lake on his 65th Birthday, he did wake up sore the next morning! He also managed to ride his 10-speed bike up until he was 88 years old. He was a skin and scuba diver and member of the local diving club. In one of his many travel adventures, he had the opportunity to dive The Great Barrier Reef. Reflecting his daring spirit, he took his children in the ocean in a 12-foot boat that he and his best friend, Harry Treahearne, made. With these thrilling family endeavors, he sparked his children’s lasting sense of adventure.
Alvin was also an avid gardener he and his parents grew lilies when they were young. Shared a large garden and he became a prolific Rosarian he had over 500 rosebushes, he entered the Del Norte County Fair with his prize roses, and provided many local young couples with roses for their weddings and flowers for church events.
Alvin and Mylouine traveled the world together and taught English in China for two years after they retired. They traveled throughout Europe, Australia and Fiji. After teaching in China, Alvin and Mylouine retired to McMinnville, Oregon where they lived for ten years then moved to Salem. They have also lived in Sublimity, Gladstone and then after Mylouine’s passing he lived with his daughter Kathryn McDonald.
Alvin is survived by his four children Susan (Rik) Santsche of Eureka, California, Kathryn (Michael) McDonald of Vancouver, Washington, John (Denise) Williams of McKinleyville, California and Elaine Gesik of Culver, Oregon. Alvin is also survived by his 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Alvin will be buried at Willamette National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Alvin asked to consider for memorial donations to be given World MAP (Missionary Assistance Plan) Donate / Give to World MAP (world-map.com) or to Medical Teams https://www.medicalteams.org/donations/