Fay “Willy” Williams Jr.

Fay “Willy” Williams Jr. of Buena Vista passed away peacefully on May 17 at Centre Avenue Health & Rehab in Fort Collins.

Williams was born on September 25, 1938 in Rigby, Idaho to Margaret and Calvin Fay Williams Sr., where he was baptized into the Catholic faith. He held on to that faith his entire life.

Williams’ father Calvin passed away when he was less than two months old, and Fay was then raised by his stepfather Dewitt “Dewy” Fox. Fox moved the family to Monte Vista in Williams’ early years.

Williams graduated from Monte Vista High School in 1958 and went on to work for John Deere as a tractor mechanic, developing a good relationship with many farmers in the area. This allowed Williams to become an avid bird hunter using the local farmers’ land. He also served several years in the National Guard, and, as a private, even drove generals around the base.

Williams went on to marry Theodora R. Downs in December 1960. He worked several construction jobs as a heavy equipment mechanic and then found home working at the Climax Mine. Williams moved to Breckenridge and stayed there until 1968. In 1969, Williams moved his family to Buena Vista and continued to work for the Climax mine until he medically retired in 1983.

Williams was an avid fisherman who loved to take anyone out fishing. His fishing stories varied on size and count, usually filled with some truth. He did have a few of the larger ones mounted to help back up his wild stories.

Williams enjoyed being retired and spending time fishing, seeing sites with his grandkids and playing poker with friends. Many of his friends would spend hours playing poker with him and sharing outlandish tales. Williams loved to travel, and, though handicapped most of his life, he never let it slow him down. Even in Williams’ older age, you would find him out on a snowmobile ice fishing or out cutting wood in the forest to provide extra income for his family. His family said he would not let any situation slow him down.

Williams was preceded in death by his ex-wife Theodoro, both of his parents, his brother Perry Fox and his sister Oletta Fox.

Williams is survived by his brothers Dale Williams, Earl Fox and Larry Fox; his three sons Mitch (Dawa) Williams, Gregory Scott (Donalyn) Williams, Terry (Lori) Williams; and his 10 grandchildren David, Uriah, Tshering, Michael, Joshua, Timothy, Elesha, Maya, Evan and Hailey

Per his wishes, Williams was cremated. A rosary was held on May 23 with a mass on May 24 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Buena Vista. A luncheon followed at Jans.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Attn: Financial Services, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.

Calvin Carl Dawe

Calvin Carl Dawe of Leadville passed away on May 20 at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. He was born on March 4, 1954 in Ishpeming, Michigan.

Dawe was a retired law enforcement officer, having worked for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Leadville  Police  Department. He also worked at Climax, Black Cloud, Lake County School District and other places of employment.

Dawe is survived by his spouse of 44 years Jean Marie, his son John, his brother Greg, his sister Debby, his brother and sister-in-law Eva and Rodney Fenske, and his grandchildren and nieces.

Arrangements for a memorial service are pending.