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Jazzed about the possibilities: Remembering Michael WilliamsPosted Saturday, February 16, 2008, at 11:46 PM
Memorial services were held Feb. 2 for Michael Williams, who died suddenly Dec. 17 as a result of natural causes. I found out about his death at the Malta Bend school board meeting that night. He been teaching music there again after retiring from the Slater school district.
"He was the most enthusiastic person I've ever known," said Superintendent Melissa Vesser.
I didn't know Michael well, but from the few times I'd talked to him I'd have to agree with Melissa's comment. I remember when he appeared before the board in September to offer his services. He said, "I really am jazzed about the possibilities."
Jazzed. Good word for the guy.
I was also impressed at the time with the testimonials by school board members, several of whom commented on the impact Williams had on their children.
He seemed to me like the kind of teacher whose love of music was rivaled only by his love of the people he taught and performed with.
It occurred to me that it might be nice to invite members of the community who were influenced by Michael to share stories about how he affected their lives. I know he was integral to the music scene in Saline County for years, not only as a teacher but as a performer with the philharmonic, the municipal band, the community chorus, various church choirs and gospel groups.
I imagine quite a lot of people around here have stories to tell ...
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Eric Crump is a former editor of The Marshall Democrat-News. He lives elsewhere now but still loves Marshall and Saline County. He's trying to catch up on all the stories he should have written while he was on staff.
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