Aaron Crawford Williams
Aaron Crawford Williams passed away peacefully, with his daughter by his side, in Roseburg, Oregon, on January 2nd, 2024. Aaron was 92 years old and a resident of Roseburg for over 20 years. He loved his land, tinkering in his garage and with his computers, taking his ‘coach’ to the coast, driving his tractor and having his friends and family visit.
Aaron was born in 1931 in Grangeville, Idaho. He grew up on a farm and attended Cottonwood High School. He joined the Navy and served during the Korean War. He married and moved to California, where he received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from San Jose State University. He worked for IBM for 35 years, witnessing the birth of the computer age and wrote programs for Standard Oil on the cutting-edge punch card technology. He also led the charge with personal computer sales to universities prior to his retirement. After retirement, Aaron gave his time freely to the Tiburon Rotary and helped assemble Lawwill-Knight Pro Cruisers, one of the first mountain bike companies in Marin County.
Aaron was a ‘Gentleman Rancher’ in the 1980s, with a cattle ranch in Medford, Oregon. He would commute, on weekends, from Gnoss Field in a rented Cessna to Medford and loved flying. He would proceed to not only achieve his personal pilot’s license but his instrument and aerobatics licenses, which are, no doubt, coming in handy at this time in the great beyond.
Aaron is survived by his former wife Betty Cervi-Williams; daughters Virginia Williams-Lusk, Jill Williams-Gilmore, and Jamie Williams-McCullough; and his four grandchildren, Kyle Stuart Lusk, William Larsen Gilmore, James Aaron Gilmore and Diana Mary Gilmore.
A memorial service for Aaron will be held in Roseburg, Oregon, at a future date and he will rest in a family plot in Grangeville, Idaho.