Marcus L Williams Sr., (Mark) a Tacoma resident of over 50 years passed away on September 22, 2020 at the age of 75 at Madigan Army Medical Center in Pierce County WA. Mark was born to Lucille in Omaha Nebraska in 1944.
Mark grew up in Omaha and had fond memories of hunting small game in the fields surrounding the city. He attended Tech High School where he met and later married Karen. In his later teen years, Mark was strongly encouraged to join the military. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1963, survived basic training and was stationed in Alaska.
Returning to Omaha, NE for Karen’s High School Graduation they married in 1964. They drove cross country back to Alaska, and then were stationed in South Carolina briefly before Mark deployed to Nakhon Phanom RTAFB in Thailand to serve his country in the Vietnam War. Upon returning he was stationed in Louisiana in 1968 and landed at McChord AFB also in 1968 for the remainder of his Air Force career.
He worked multiple jobs in the Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1983. Sadly, his adjustment to civilian life was a contributing cause to he and Karen parting ways. At that point he went back to school at Clover Park Vocational College and Bates Technical College to learn computer programming and accounting. Mark later landed a job at American Lake VA Medical Center as an Admitting Officer of the Day.
Everyone who knew Mark knew how passionate he was about his hobbies and pursuits. He was a dedicated Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and rooted for the Seahawks since 1976. He was a proud member of the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana Free And Accepted Masons. Always interested in history, Mark invested greatly in researching the family genealogy during his retirement years. He even self-published a book tracing his line back to the Revolutionary War. Mark was also an avid collector, from the first computer Radio Shack made and sold, to coins, stamps, and other collectibles that drew his interest.
He is survived by 3 sons, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. When dad, grandpa, and great grandpa would say good-bye, he would close with these words to live by; “Don’t take any wooden nickels now.”
He is interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA where he was laid to rest with Full Military Honors.
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