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Long-time Pro Tommy Williams Passes Away

Tommy Williams, 85, long time Utah golf professional and former Utah Open champion, passed away Saturday in Ogden after a long illness.

The Utah Golf Association and the Utah PGA recognized his years of outstanding service by honoring him at the Tommy Williams Utah Senior Open in 2006 at Toana Vista Golf Course.

A viewing will be Wednesday and the funeral will be Thursday. Details are listed in the obituary that appeared in the Ogden Standard Examiner and is re-published below.

Scott Whittaker, Executive Director of the Utah PGA has known Williams for the past 50 years.

“He was one of the leading professionals in Utah during the 60s and 70s, and won the Utah Open in 1969 at Oakridge,” he said. “He was one of the top players of his era.”

“I first met Tommy when I was a 16-year-old night waterman at Davis Park. I was invited to fill out a foursome in which he was playing and he played marvelously. Others in the group had dropped out for various reasons and he turned to me and said, “Don’t you leave me! I’m on my why to a course record and you are my only witness. Williams finished the nine-holes with a course record 29,” Whittaker said.

The obituary is as follows:

Tommy Williams

June 17, 1929 ~ April 11, 2015

Thomas R. Williams, Tommy, was born in Ogden, UT on June 17, 1929 to Thomas P. Williams and Belva Code Williams and passed away peacefully on April 11, 2015 after a long illness.

He was a graduate of Ogden High School and the University of Utah and played on the golf team at both schools.

He served in the Army from 1949-1951 and was stationed in England where he served as a radio operator during the Korean War.

In 1957, he married the love of his life, Betty Reeder and they had two daughters, Sheri and Patti.

Tommy was a professional golfer his entire life and was never happier than when he was playing golf or fishing. Over his career, he won numerous tournaments including the Utah and Idaho Open, the Rocky Mtn. PGA Sectional, the Utah Chapter PGA Sectional, along with several other local tournaments. In 2006 the Tommy Williams Utah Senior Open was held in his honor. He also held several course records for over 40 years, had 23 holes in one, and was a lifetime member of the PGA.

Golf is truly a gentlemans game and Tommy embodied all of the qualities of a true gentleman both on and off the course.

Tommy was preceded in death by his two sisters, Norma and Mary, and his daughter, Patti, who was also an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Sheri, and grandchildren, Emily and Henry Branson.

Tommy was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed. We would like to thank his many loving caregivers who have touched his life over the past few years.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Evergreen Memorial Park, 100 Monroe Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Primary Childrens Hospital.

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