LCDR Pharis Williams ret.
LCDR Pharis Williams ret., 73 went to be with his heavenly father on December 11, 2014, after a valiant fight with Mesothelioma. He leaves behind his wife Geraldine (Jeri), children Tim, David (Terri), Debbie Balog (John), Daniel (Shannon), nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brothers Nile and Doyle, sister Ramona and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Opal and Hazel, daughter Cynthia and brothers Darrell, Norris and Kevin. Pharis served in U.S. Navy, 1959, through 1983. Throughout his naval career, he served in the Vietnam War, attended Naval Postgraduate School, and was a Naval Academy professor of thermodynamics and shipboard engineering. He retired from the Navy while stationed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He continued to live and work in Los Alamos, until 1985 when he became the Assistant Director at the Center for Explosive Technology Research in Socorro. Pharis wrote two books "Physics against the odds", "The Dynamic Theory-A New View of Space-Time-Matter" and many articles and papers some of which can be found at his website physicsandbeyond.com.
He loved the outdoors, camping, motorcycles, and mountainbiking, all of which he enjoyed into his seventies. Pharis rose from a humble beginning to be a great Patriot, Defender of Freedom, and Physicist, whose work has had an influence around the world.
He is loved by many and will be dearly missed. A viewing was held on Tuesday December 16 at Grand Community Baptist Church, in Surprise, Ariz. Services were followed by a reception.
There will also be a viewing at French Funeral Home located at 1111 University Blvd NE in Albuquerque Thursday, Dec. 18 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. He will be buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery Friday at 10:30 a.m. with full military honors. Funeral procession will start at French Funeral home at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Mesothelioma Cancer Research at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona.