Richard Allen Williams

January 22, 1958 to January 28, 2018

Richard Allen Williams’ 8-year fight with colon cancer ended on Sunday morning, January 28th, 2018, with a peaceful and painless drift into sleep. Rick had just celebrated his 60th birthday with all of his children and grandchildren, achieving a great milestone. He passed on in the comfort of his home holding the hands of his wife of nearly 38 years (Rochelle) and his son (Seth). His French bulldog (Angus) was curled up beside him.

Rick was a caring, kind, and gentle man who was also courageous, brave, and tough as nails. He was a soft-spoken leader who didn’t think of himself as a hero even though he would be the first one to head into a dangerous situation to help others. He had a great sense of humor and a smile that would light up the room. He was a practical joker who would meticulously plan well-thought-out pranks on unsuspecting firefighter brothers and sisters. He was a strong and honorable man’s man who was respected by all who knew him.

In his 60 joyful and productive years on Earth, Rick spent almost 30 of them serving his hometown of San Diego as a firefighter, paramedic, and captain for the Santee Fire Department. In his downtime, Rick designed dozens of custom homes and remodels in and around San Diego county. He raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research by organizing annual poker tournaments on behalf of the Santee Fire Department for Relay For Life. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and three kids, he loved playing poker, and he rode his Harley Davidson as often as he could. In his younger years Rick set multiple unbroken records for his high school and college track teams.

Rick’s heroism, kindness, and athletic prowess were, of course, secondary to his 37 years as a loving father. His family was his most treasured joy in life. Rick has left this world to prepare a place for his wife (Rochelle), his daughters (Christina and Jessica), his son (Seth), his son-in-law (Bret), his granddaughters (Juliette, Savanna, and Audrey), his mother and step-father (Billie and Alex), his father and step-mother (Rush and Cindy), his sisters (Jackie, Karen, and Jennifer), his French bulldog (Angus), and many other members of his large and adoring family. He is finally reunited with his twin brother (Ronnie).

Rick will be missed by all for his unceasing warmth, his strong leadership, his humble servitude, his prankster antics, and hundreds of other unique qualities that made him the amazing man that he was.

Another great one who left us too early. Our sincerest condolences. Tony Hurst

Anthony Hurst on February 19, 2018

What an amazing man we have lost. But what a blessing that he lived and so many were strengthened and encouraged by his life. Thank you for allowing us to celebrate him and grieve him with you.

Paul and Lane Adams on February 14, 2018

Oh Rochelle, My heart aches for you. So blessed we got to know your man! Loving thoughts for you and family! Rick was a wonderful, wonderful person! Hugs!!!! Keith and Sheri Keyeski

Sheri Keyeski on February 08, 2018

Rest in Peace, brother Rick. You have answered your last alarm. It was great visiting with you in Sedona. Strength to Rochelle and the family.

Scott Springett on February 06, 2018

Wow. Smiling through the tears while I was reading that beautiful tribute. Crying because he was taken away from Rochelle, his children (including Angy boyy), granddaughter, parents, sisters and an endless list of friends and colleagues. Smiling because I am so fortunate to have known such a friendly, jovial, highly respected and massively loved human being. I knew Rick for less than 5 years but from the moment I first met Rick and Rochelle, I’ve always felt such a positive and powerful energy in their home and especially in their presence. I absolutely believe that Rick’s energy will be there, everlasting. 💞💫 Love, hugs & eternal admiration to my one and only spirit human. Rest easy now, rock star Rick..... ❤️

Christine Kyle on February 06, 2018

I’ll aleays remember Rick for his kind, sweet endearing smile. He was so wonderful with our kids when they were young, helping out with carpool’s etc. Rochell, I remember the beautiful, love filled wedding of two of the kindest most sincere couple ever. The love between you two was so heartfelt. Rick will be a guiding light for his beautiful family. We’ll all miss him forever. 💙

Karen Levenson on February 05, 2018

Remembering Rick so fondly from high school, especially track/cross country. Wishing comfort and peace to those who loved him best. “...for those who grieve in Zion- beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, praise for the spirit of heaviness...” Isaiah 61:3

Cheryl (Gabay) Osborn on February 04, 2018

My condolences, Rick and I went through School since we were 10. You have my prayers my friend.

Bill Henwood on February 02, 2018

Sending prayers and condolences to the William’s family.

Tom Baxter on February 01, 2018

So sorry for your loss hugs and prayers for you and your family love you Joe , Connie and Aunt Alice

Connie Maffei on February 01, 2018

Whenever I hear the phrase "He's the nicest guy you'd ever meet" Rick comes immediately to mind. I have not seen him since 1976, but his legacy, and photos confirm my respect for him during all those years. I know he will greatly missed, may he rest well now.

Chip Cummings on February 01, 2018