James "Tim" TImothy WilliamsNovember 3, 1951 ~ August 8, 2017 (age 65)
James Timothy Williams, born November 3rd 1951, passed away on August 8th at age 65 from natural causes. Tim was born and raised in Livingston, MT. The youngest son of a mechanic, he always had a passion for the arts. While working for the railroad he found aesthetic pleasure as an electrician in the lines and smooth curves created by the conduits and circuits. When it seemed that could not fulfill his drive, he alongside his brother Mike Williams, Danny Dunn, and Craig Angelos formed Dunn/Williams Blacksmithing. There are many iconic pieces still in place around Livingston and Bozeman. The iron work on the back of the door at the Owl Lounge, also a favorite hangout of his, the iron diorama on the outside of the Firehall Fitness Center, and the replica sign post at the Sport on Main St.
During this time, he found the loudest calling of his life, acting and directing many plays at the Blue Slipper Theater, it was an instant match! Tim enjoyed his time with the Slipper for many years helping refurbish the interior and even building iron entry arch. In between these projects, you could also find him building or painting any given set. That still wasn’t enough to fill his desire to explore the arts so Tim moved on to develop his gruff singing voice with the Fire House 5. During this time, Tim found many great friends including Russ Lewis, Dewy Kemp, Jackson Welker, and Rich Hall. Tim was on top of the world when Rich asked him to perform with him at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Tim was a Scotsman at heart always rolling the accent with adulation. After the trip, it seemed that he was still not done when he found his role in the restoration of the old East Side School into the current Shane Lalani Center for the arts. Tim placed as much effort into this single project as all others combined. It seemed like he knew it would be his greatest gift to the art community and he did this without hesitation.
Tim’s charisma, raw gritty character, ability to perform a line from a play, inspire with rare vernacular, or recite a poem from memory made it easy for others to remember him. Tim touched many lives and will be missed by all. He is survived by his brother Mike Williams in Billings, son Gabriel Williams in Livingston, numerus cousins, and best of all the actors and builders he worked and laughed with over the years.
Tim’s life will be celebrated at the Shane Center September 15th from 4-7PM. There will be food and drink available including a cash bar with beer and wine. Including an open mic for anyone wishing to share stories or read poetry in memorial. Please feel free to bring a dish to share
Arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston.