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Clyde Leland Williams

Clyde Leland Williams graduated this world on January 9, 2024.  Beloved by so many, his life was filled with love, service, hard work, kindness, and faith. 

On April 3, 1935, in Malad, Idaho, Leland and Zilpha (White) Williams, welcomed their first baby boy. He joined sisters, Nadine, Neva, and Selma. Over the next 14 years, brothers, Brent, Carl, and Larry completed the family.  Time spent on the family ranch in Deep Creek planted a love of the land and animals and the desire to care for both.

A Dragon all the way, he attended Malad Elementary, Junior High, and High School.  He participated in several clubs, played basketball and football, and began an interest in photography.  He was a member of the Malad Valley Posse riding his cutting horse.

He continued his education at Ricks College and earned a spot as tackle on their football team. While at Ricks he met the love of his life, Louise Pearson, whom he married on May 5, 1955, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They filled the next 68 years with Saturday night dates, dancing, hunting trips, and supporting one another.  

In 1958 Clyde graduated and they moved back to Malad where they raised their family and worked the ranch. They raised nine children, Daralis, Sandra (Sam), Carol, Tim, Thomas, Terry, Kay, Pam, and Ted, who each have special memories of their dad. He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and loved to make them smile. 

For thirty years he worked for the United States Forest Service, enjoying maintaining and preserving the land.  Many fond memories and great friends were made while there. 

Clyde’s love for his horses and dogs showed in their trust in and loyalty to him.  He could light a backfire while riding Pearlie and count on Midge to silently alert him of nearby prey while on a hunt.  He and Louise enjoyed numerous trail rides with coworkers and friends.  While on these trips, they perfected the chicken recipe that is now served at every family reunion.

A life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many capacities including Ward Missionary and Sunday School Superintendent.  Not surprisingly, their first calling as a married couple in Pocatello was Ward Dance Instructors. 

He is survived by his wife, Louise; children Daralis (Jim) Robinson, Sandra (Sam) King, Carol Rabuck, Tim (Keren) Williams, Thomas (Julie) Williams, Terry (Amy) Williams, Kay Haney, Pam (Leon) Duce, and Ted (Tami) Williams; 52 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and brother and his wife, Carl (Jeanne) Williams and sister-in-law, Joan Williams. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Nadine (Everett) Conrad, Neva (Milt) Christensen, Selma (Earl) Yearsley, Brent and Larry Williams; sons-in-law, Bert King and Ronald Rabuck; granddaughter Janet Robinson; and great-grandson, Kooper Perry.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 16th, followed by burial at the Malad Cemetery.

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