In Loving Memory of
Gary Bond Williams, M.D.
Gary Bond Williams (71), local physician, husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 in Lubbock, Texas due to complications of sarcoidosis. Gary was born in Vallejo, California on June 22, 1944 to Alexander and Thella Bond Williams. He was reared in Idaho Falls, Idaho and was a graduate of Idaho Falls High School. He graduated with a baccalaureate degree from Brigham Young University in 1968 where he gave the valedictory speech for the College of Agricultural and Biological Sciences.
He then attended the University of Utah College of Medicine in Salt Lake City, graduated in 1972 and went on to complete a three year family practice residency in Ogden, Utah. His residency was briefly interrupted in order to assist Dr. Bruce Harless in Mt. Pleasant, Utah which was a rural region with high medical need. After those two years he returned to Ogden where he completed the final year of his residency. His first medical practice site was in Tremonton, UT where he spent 11 years before moving with his family to Dallas, Texas.
While in Dallas, he supervised the largest medical clinic at the JC Penny Co. and then returned to family medicine working for the Cigna Co. in Irving. After 4 years in the Dallas area, Gary was recruited by Highland Hospital and Health Plus Medical Group (later Covenant Health Plus) in Lubbock, Texas where he spent the next 24 years. After 14 years of medical practice in Lubbock, he retired due to disability from the sarcoid.
Gary was a dedicated family physician. He will be remembered for how much he cared about each of his patients.
Gary was a lifelong, active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He had a testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. He loved the Holy Scriptures. He served in many callings in the church during his lifetime, including positions of leadership, teaching and scouting. He fulfilled a two-year fulltime mission in Brazil. Gary always had a love of missionary work, and he was actively engaged in sharing the gospel with others as well as assisting the fulltime missionaries. Later in his life, he worked as temple ordinance worker and as a physician for the missionaries.
In his younger years, Gary was well known for his tap dancing, including an impersonation of Elvis Presleyâ€™s "Blue Suede Shoes." He also enjoyed ballroom dancing and was a member of the ballroom dance team while attending BYU. Gary is a sports fan and always enjoyed following BYU sports. He also became a big Texas Tech fan after moving to Lubbock. Some of his other interests included Christmas tree decorating, collecting books, shopping at garage sales and Braumâ€™s lime freezes.
Gary was preceded in death by both parents and by his elder brother, Paul Levaun Williams. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, of 43 years his five children, Elena (Kirk) Richardson of Lubbock, Texas, Matthew (Becky) Williams of Wolfforth, Texas, Jamie (Pete) Cotter of Amherst, New Hampshire, Marc (Ginger) Williams of Tomball, Texas, and Grant (Roxanne) Williams of New Home, Texas as well as by 20 grandchildren. The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and all other medical personnel who have rendered care to Gary over the past several years.
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