Dr. David E. Williams
Date: Friday October 11, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]
Sunday, April 16, 1933
Date of Death:
Friday, October 4, 2019
86 years old
Dr. David E. Williams
David Earle Williams was born April 16, 1933 in Oakland, CA to Arthur H. (Bill) Williams and Matilda L. Williams, and died Friday, October 4, 2019, of prostate cancer. In 1939, the family moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he attended public schools. He graduated from Wagner College, Staten Island, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955. After two years as a laboratory technician at Sloan-Kettering Institute in Manhattan, he entered medical school at New York Medical College, also in Manhattan, graduating in 1961 and attaining election to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor fraternity. In 1959, David married his soul mate, Barbara Ann Krumm, RN of Blue Earth, MN. After a one year internship at New Rochelle Hospital, NY, he entered the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN as a Fellow in Internal Medicine. He joined the Mayo Clinic staff and faculty in the division of Primary Care Internal Medicine in 1966, rising to the rank of Assistant Professor. He retired in 1998.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Hobart. David is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their four children: David; John (Jessie); Peter (Sandra); Sarah (Steve); a sister, Elizabeth Risberg; eight grandchildren (Hayden, Finlay, Zachary, Alexandra, Jackson, Laine, Hudson, and Mia); and a goddaughter (Danielle).
A visitation will be held in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
He has donated his body to Mayo Medical School, after which his cremains will be interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the wonderful care provided by his Mayo Clinic physicians, and other caretakers, including Seasons Hospice and special friends, Lisa and Tony Hudson.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.
The family of Dr. David E. Williams has received the following condolences.
I want to express to Barbara and to the Williams family my sincere condolences on the death of Dave whom I have known for many years at Mayo. In fact I visited with him at the Kahler barber a few short time ago when he looked quite well. I will include you all in my prayers.
We mourn the passing of, but celebrate the outstanding life of our dear friend, Dave Williams. We have been blessed with 70+ years of a loving friendship, extending from Grade School in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, through our years together at Wagner College and beyond, and it has been our great joy and honor to be a part of his and Barb's large circle of friends. We send our heartfelt condolences to Barb and their beloved family, and to the many friends who will miss Dave's wise guidance, counsel, and his great humor. We are most grateful for the gift of being a small part of Dave and Barb's lives, and we look forward to our continuing Williams' friendships. Sue and Marty Taylor Southbury, Ct.
To the family of Dr.Williams my deepest sympathy. I was fortunate enough to have him as my primary physician for many years. He was kind and totally dedicated to the welfare of his patients. The Mayo Clinic was well represented by such an outstanding physician and good man.
Barb and family,
I am heart broken to hear of Dr. Williams' death. I have so enjoyed our friendship gained through Northwest Dental Group the past 26 years!
He was most certainly one of the nicest people I have ever met and quickly became one of my favorite patients!!!! I will miss his boyish smile and his gentle personality. Truly a genuinely kind soul!
Prayers of peace and comfort for you all during this most difficult loss.
Pam Swenson (Dave's favorite dental hygienist 😉)
I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the family. I will continue to pray for your comfort and courage as you face the days ahead with fond and loving memories of your loved one.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
I was sad to hear of Dr. William's passing. He was such a wonderful dear soul and a great physician. My condolences to his wife Barb and his family.
My dear Sarah
Sending you a big hug. Thank you for sharing your dad's amazing history and legacy with us. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope that all of the positive comments you all receive about your dad help you get through this difficult time. He truly impacted many in his lifetime.
To the Family Members of Dr. Williams,
I extend my sincere condolences for your loss. Dr. Williams was my medical doctor at Mayo for many years. He was the most caring and supportive medical doctor. He helped me as a young widow at the age of 39, through the struggles of raising two teenage sons without their father. He was so non-judgemental. It is sad to know that he suffered with cancer in the end.
After he retired, I would often see him at HyVee or around Rochester and he always asked how I was doing!
Again, so sorry for your loss, but know that he was an amazing MD.
Dr. Williams was my father's doctor - he helped us through one of the most difficult times of our lives after our father was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His bedside manner, compassion and caring reflected in all of his interactions with us. He was a prince of a man, so sad to hear of his death. All the best to your family; he will be deeply missed.
Cindy Wright-Dellanave and family
I am so sorry to hear about Dave's passing.He always came over to say hello & made my day.I will truely miss him.
Dr. Williams was my primary care physician for many years. He was an amazing and compassionate doctor. He saw me during the time in my life when I was having children. I will forever be grateful for the extra time he took during my appointments to listen to my concerns and fears. He so reassuring with his words. I always left with such a reassured feeling. Blessed be his memory.
Sarah, Mrs. Williams and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I may have never met Mr. Williams but I have had the honor to call his daughter my friend and I feel like thru Sarah's stories I have known him for ages. Sarah, every time you spoke of your Dad no matter what story you were recounting it was easy to see the amazing relationship you shared and the love and admiration you had for him. Your bond was so special.
There is never enough time to spend with the ones you love and I wish you had more but I hope the memories you all have and the love you shared bring you some comfort. Sending, love, prayers and hugs from Chicago.
My dear friend Sarah and family,
Sarah, I have not had the fortune to meet your father, but you have always spoken of him with so much love. I can only imagine that he was a wonderful father, husband, friend and healer. My heart is with you at your time of loss. I hope that all of the wonderful memories will help to ease your sorrow.