POCATELLO - E. Steve Williams, 53, of Pocatello, passed away along with his fiancée, Rayma Jean Johnson, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005, following a boating accident at CJ Strike Reservoir in Elmore County, near Mountain Home, Idaho.
He was born March 14, 1952, in East Liverpool, Ohio, the son of Ernest and Hattie Foster Williams. He attended schools in East Liverpool, Ohio, and graduated from East Liverpool High School.
Steve moved to Pocatello from Ohio in 1971 on a football scholarship at Idaho State University. He lettered in track from 1973 to 1975, serving as a member of the sprint relay team. He was a veteran officer with 25 years experience with the Pocatello Police Department. He was an avid fisherman and loved to ride his motorcycle. He was a member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. He was also a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. He will be greatly missed by all.
Steve is survived by one son, Steve Travis Williams, Beaverton, Oregon; one daughter, Mikaela Ladwig-Williams, Boulder, Colorado; one brother, Whitt (Connie) Foster, Buffalo, New York; one sister, Ada (Jeff) Jeffries, Engelwood, New Jersey; and three grandchildren, Khalil Williams, Phennyx Williams and Shai Williams, of Beaverton, Oregon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
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POCATELLO - After a long and fierce battle with cancer, John J. Hurley passed away on May 2, 2007, with his wife Joy by his side.
John was born on July 13, 1956, in Pocatello, Idaho. He attended high school in Kansas, then returned to Pocatello and attended ISU. On October 13, 1998, John married Joy Lord. He was a great dad to his three children, Jodi, Chris and Dustin, and he loved spending time with his family.
John’s hobbies included a passion for showing and training horses, and he loved to ride as well. He also loved showing dogs, and was very involved in that for quite a few years. Other activities John enjoyed were camping, cars and of course, motorcycles. He was a member of the Blue Knights, a police motorcycle club.
John began a career in law enforcement in Blackfoot; he then joined the Pocatello Police Department in 1977, and enjoyed a long career there until his death. He was well-liked and respected by his co-workers in the police department. He was the “go to” guy for many junior officers, and always had a smile and cheerful word for anyone whose path he crossed.
His concern for others always overrode his concern for himself, even to the end. He was very dedicated to his career, his fellow officers and co-workers, and was always willing to have fun and laugh, even (and sometimes especially) at himself.
During John’s career he worked in the Patrol Division honing his skills as a motorcycle officer and an Accident Reconstructionist. John became a POST-certified instructor in Accident Investigation. He taught literally hundreds of other officers in the art of accident investigation. He was also a motorcycle officer instructor.
John also worked in the Community Services Division as the Crime Prevention Officer. John excelled in this position, working very well with the public. When the Crime Prevention Officer position was discontinued, John returned to the Patrol Division, resuming his first love as a motorcycle officer. John continued as a patrol officer for many years. The motorcycle program was eventually discontinued for various reasons. When the program was reinstated, John was instrumental in bringing the program to fruition. When the department instituted the Quartermaster program, John was the first one to assume this position. He worked tirelessly to get the program up and running.
John then transferred to the Airport as one of the first Airport Officers. John worked in this position until his health would no longer allow him to work. John was very successful in this position and was a great ambassador for the department.
During John’s career he was involved in two officer involved shootings. He was wounded in one of the shootings. He performed admirably in both instances. He was also instrumental in the location and arrest of a female bank robber, without harm to anyone.
John absolutely loved being a cop. He was always pleasant, and always had a smile on his face. He had a great sense of humor and when beginning his shifts, was known for announcing his presence on duty by raising his voice and saying, “Lucy, I’m home!”
He has gone to his new home and joined his brother officer,
Steve Williams, in watching over the remaining officers and co-workers of
the Pocatello Police
Survivors include Joy Hurley (wife), Jodi Hurley (daughter), Chris Hurley (son), Dustin Hurley (son), Bobbie Canty (sister), Janice Harvey (mother). John was preceded in death by Michael Hurley (son), and Robert Hurley (father).
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