James “Jim” Orlin Williams, 81, of Centennial, Colorado, passed away November 11, 2021. He was born May 25, 1940 in Denver, Colorado to Orlin Williams, Sr. and Marguerite (Peggy) Miller Williams.
Jim’s remarkable life took him all over the world on a variety of adventures. He grew up in Amarillo, Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He proudly served as a Captain in the US Army and was stationed in Germany, Vietnam and Texas. After he was honorably discharged in January of 1973, he found a passion for public speaking and teaching which afforded him the chance to travel in the US leading self-growth courses for many years. He eventually settled in Colorado and provided consulting, tax and accounting support to small business owners until he retired in 2019.
As a student of life and the universe, every moment, interaction, and experience had the potential to teach Jim a new lesson. He loved to share what he’d discovered and was known for crafting and telling impactful stories. He spun tales of troublemaking with his best friend as a boy, his volunteer firefighting days as a young man, driving all over Europe in a tiny car with his dog Peppy in the backseat, and dozens upon dozens of anecdotes about his children. Jim was happiest in deep discussion and debate or writing his memoires.
Jim is survived by his four children, Chris Williams, Jeff Williams, Brie Sellers (nee Williams), and Courtney Williams; grandchildren, Nick Williams, Ian Kreider-Williams and Gabe Sellers; and sister, JoAnn Owens Walton. He is preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Lewallen, mother, step-father, Tee Green, and his father.
A Graveside service celebrating Jim’s life and his military service will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 10:30am at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, Colorado. Please gather in staging area ‘B’ by 10:15am.