March 20, 1920 - January 17, 2018
Born in Rialto, CA
Resided in Salinas, California
Born in Rialto, California, Dave grew up on a citrus ranch, where he developed his passion for farming. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. Following his graduation, he was employed by the UC Agricultural Extension Service as a Farm Advisor. In 1947 Dave moved to Salinas where he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Helen Prausa. He accepted a position with Bruce Church Company, and remained there over 25 years. After leaving Bruce Church, Dave founded Eagle Research and Development, where he focused on lettuce breeding and various agricultural innovations. He devoted his lifetime to agriculture research and development for the benefit of the industry and in 2012, Dave was inducted into the National Steinbeck Center Hall of Fame.
Dave proudly served in the US Army 34th Infantry during WWII and was a decorated veteran awarded the Purple Heart.
Dave was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margaret. He is survived by his children, David M. Williams III, Kathleen Haines, Barbara Williams, Blaine (Brook) Williams, Martha (Tony) Cava, and Tom Williams. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas, CA 93901
Funeral service will be held Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 15 Railroad Ave., Spreckels, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Hartnell College Foundation for the David M Williams Memorial Scholarship in Agriculture: Online donations - https://give.hartnell.edu/donate , or mail check* to Hartnell College Foundation, 411 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901
Plant Sciences Student Support Fund at UC Davis: Online donations -https://give.ucdavis.edu/APLS/APSV082. Or mail checks* payable to UC Davis Foundation to: Mark Foncannon, CA&ES Dean’s Office, UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.
*Checks -Please note “In Memory of Dave Williams” on the memo line.
Salinas, CA US 93901
Spreckels, CA US