Ducks Unlimited is saddened for the passing of the 26th President of Ducks Unlimited, S. Preston Williams, who passed away early Sunday morning after a brief illness.
Preston served as president of Ducks Unlimited in 1979 and 1980. In addition to his tenure as president, Preston's volunteer service to Ducks Unlimited included: president of the Kansas City chapter, chairman of the board (1981-1982), chairman of the executive committee (1983-1984) and member of the emeritus board of directors.
Born on Oct. 31, 1918, Preston is survived by his wife Bernice, two sons, Mark Dennis (Amy) and Timothy Michael (Carra); three grandchildren, Justin, Carra Jane and Connor; and two great-grandchildren, Preston Allen and Cole Patrick.
Preston served in the Marine Corps with the Third Marine Division from 1941 to 1945 and saw action in Bougainville, Guadalcanal, Guam and Tarawa in the South Pacific. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1950, and since that time has been active in both state and federal civil law practice.
Active in private practice and public service, his legal career spanned seven decades. Preston served as councilman, city attorney and city counselor for North Kansas City for many years; as assistant prosecuting attorney of Clay County, Missouri, and assistant attorney general under Governor John Dalton, who named him an honorary colonel in 1960; and as president of the Clay County Bar Association in 1998. He was honored as Dean of the Bar by the Missouri Bar Association in 1999 and with a resolution from the Supreme Court of Missouri in 2011. In 2010, he was named an honorary Northland assistant prosecutor.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m. CST, and funeral services will be held Friday, March 9, at 11 a.m. CST. The visitation and funeral will be held at the Parish of St. Patrick in Kansas City. Donations in Preston's memory can be sent to the Parish of St. Patrick (1357 NE 42nd Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64116), Ducks Unlimited (One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120) or 3 Rivers Hospice (700 Branch St., Ste. 4, Platte City, MO 64079).
We ask that you join us in offering Preston's family our condolences and that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We plan to honor Preston's contributions and service during DU's Annual Meeting of the Council in Nashville at our 75th convention.