Rick Williams – Village News
In memory of a life so well lived. Rick Williams returned home to be with Jesus on April 4, 2022. Rick has fought the good fight in every way and in every aspect of his life and faith. His message of hope will live on in all who met him.
Rick was born Eric Francis Williams on November 17, 1955 in Sacramento, California. He moved to Fallbrook in 1969 with his family and attended Potter Junior High.
Rick is probably best known as the owner-operator of Fallbrook Window Washing Company, which his father started in 1972. He started working with his father when he was still attending Fallbrook High School.
Rick was a true Renaissance man who was successful in everything he did.
He studied flight with instructors at Fallbrook Air Park and took classes at Palomar College. Early on, he had a successful palm farm and learned how to grow, propagate, and care for succulents, cycads, and exotic plants. Later, he created an aquaponic garden and grew vegetables for his family and friends.
Rick loved to create art. He grew a squash garden, dried the squash, and created award-winning masterpieces. He created and sold gourd drums through his company, Nomad Drums. Rick became fascinated with didgeridoos and learned about Australia and Aboriginal culture and history. He then started making his own. He studied and practiced circular breathing and learned to play instruments.
He joined and trained extensively with Fallbrook Search and Rescue with his champion dog Jack by his side. He trained and worked for over 10 years with the De Luz Volunteer Fire Department, battling some of the worst wildfires Southern California has ever seen.
Years ago, when Rick brought home puppy Jack from an avocado festival, he realized he and the dog needed training. Rick was a natural and became a coach himself. He started his business, Rick Williams Personal Dog Training, and taught both home and group classes at the Fallbrook Community Center.
Rick’s interest in dog training extended to volunteer raising puppies for Canine Companions for Independence. Eventually, Rick became a contract trainer for CCI. He taught classes that encouraged puppy raisers to be confident leaders with their potential service dogs. As a family we have raised eight puppies for CCI and have had four graduate from Advanced Training.
But the best part of Rick’s amazing life was when he began to hear and study God’s Word. As a family we started attending Calvary Chapel and it resonated with Rick’s heart and mind. He called Calvary an “unplugged church”. Rick liked to get up early to study and memorize the Bible. In March of this year he finished writing a series of devotions based on his in-depth study of “The Complete Armor of God”.
Rick was predeceased by his son Eric Williams. He is survived by his wife Janet, son Ben, daughter Jamie, daughter-in-law Jennifer, grandson Rowan and granddaughter Emily.
Everyone who knew Rick loved him. He was selfless, generous, and truly enjoyed serving others. He will be missed here, but we all promise to see him again in paradise.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Servants Church, 1109 E. Fallbrook Street in Fallbrook. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Canine Companions for Independence at https://canine.org/location/southwest/, or mail a donation to 124 Rancho del Oro Drive, Oceanside, CA 92057, or call 760-901-4300 or toll free 800-572-2275.