|Year Born: 1937
Year Died: 2004
Dean Parker Williams, 67, of Boise passed away at his home from cancer on May 15, 2004. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Dean moved to Boise in 1972 for the open high desert and abundant bird hunting. He was an expert shot gunner throughout his life, and used this skill as a longtime volunteer with the Idaho Retriever Club. While in Idaho, he also worked for 20 years with the Boise City Building Department. Dean was a constant student of nature and cultures, an early follower of blues music, a fan of fast engines, and a lover of sporting dogs, especially those large Oorang Airedale Terriers. He enjoyed all seasons of hiking in the Boise Front, as well as his North End Boise neighborhood. Dean´s faith gave him a foundation of peace and direction, and he valued his membership with St. Michael´s Episcopal Cathedral. Dean married Betty Macek in Pennsylvania, and they had three children together. Though later divorced, they remained friends. His parents Dean, Sr. and Ruth Williams, his brother Charles, and his daughter Breon preceded Dean in death. He is survived by his wife and companion of 16 years, Karen Hoekstra; his son Maj. Charles Williams; daughter Cindy Williams; brother Barry Williams and wife Debbie; granddaughter Amanda Haneke; and great-grandson Jayden. Dean was a true friend to many others he now leaves behind.