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Obituary- Darrel Williams

Darrel Williams 5-3-1957 ~ 7-11-2014 Darrel Williams was raised on the family ranch east of Walsenburg and went to school in Walsenburg, graduating in 1975. After graduation, he continued with his love of cattle and horses, working on many ranches in the area, as well as the home place. In 1986, he had the opportunity to work on ranches in Australia for six months – he loved that adventure. Then, he started taking the tourists in and out of the Grand Canyon on mules. He was an expert packer and took the pack mules, also. In May of 1992, Darrel joined the US Border Patrol and was stationed all across the southern border from Blythe, California to Marfa, Texas. He then transferred to the northern border at Oroville, Washington. He still did a lot of the patrolling on horseback. When the border patrol came to Colorado to buy wild mustangs that had been broken by inmates at the state prison, Darrel came to help pick them out and take them back to Washington. Darrel had recently retired from the border patrol and he lost his life when he slipped and fell from a boat while fishing on a large lake close to his home in Oroville, Washington. Darrel is survived by his mother, Betty Williams, of Walsenburg; bothers Tim Williams of Walsenburg and Doug Williams of Hill City, SD; sisters, Donna Sneller of Walsenburg and Lynda Streater of Canyon Lake, TX; and father Jack Williams of Swink, CO; and many nieces and nephews.