At 3 o’clock, I sat quietly beside him….held his hand and prayed. I prayed to my God to let him be peaceful, I spoke to him, promised him we will take care of things. At 5:55, he passed away….out of his pain. Sylvan was 94, a tough buckaroo! We all learned so much from this man….so very much. Linda Williamson
In fondest memory of Sylvan Williamson who passed on January 12, 2011 at the age of 94. He was a dear friend, a patriarch to the Williamson Cutting Horse Legends, and father. You will be missed greatly….
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an Afterglow of Smiles when day is done. I’d like to leave an echo… Whispering softly down the ways of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave behind when day is done.
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Funeral arrangements have been made for Sylvan D. Williamson, Summers Funeral Home-Ustick Road Boise, Tuesday, January 18th @ 11:00 AM. Burial to follow at Dry Creek Cemetery. Thank you all for your kindness. Linda Williamson
Sylvan Donald Williamson
Sylvan Donald Williamson, 94, left this earth on January 12, 2011 in the comfort of his Eagle, Idaho ranch home, with his family by his side. He was born in a house on Mann Creek near Weiser, Idaho on November 15, 1916. He was the older of two sons born to Willard Don Williamson and Relia Lolley Williamson. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18th at Summers Funeral Homes, 3629 E. Ustick Road, Meridian, Idaho. Burial will follow at Dry Creek Cemetery.
Sylvan spent his early life with his parents on Mann Creek near Weiser, Idaho where they worked at various farms and ranches. They helped in the produce harvest, picking fall apples at Mesa Orchard. Sylvan was very proud of his little brother, Duane. He really never stopped mourning for him after his tragic death at the age of 8 years old. In his teens he traveled where ever he could find work. He jumped the train, as he so often told the story, hoping he could find work somewhere in the Northwest, whether it be in the orchards, grain harvest or shearing sheep. He tells of his hunger, at times eating sweet onions to fill his belly or the bread his newly acquired friend Wendell Neff earned working the night shift at a bakery. He eventually found his way back home where he partnered with his parents and honed his legendary equine skills. Sylvan moved with his mother and dad to Vale, Oregon where he was a car salesman at the Nash dealership. He met and married the love of his life, a beautiful lady, Barbara Bush, married on April 13, 1941, 69 years they spent together. They operated, with Sylvan’s parents a service station and motor court. Shortly later, they began to seriously engage in operating a stock ranch. From around 1946 on, they raised some of the first registered American Quarter Horses in this part of the country. In 1965, they purchased the family ranch in Eagle, satisfying his dream of owning a river ranch. Sylvan knew good horse flesh! He had an incredible ability. He could look through the rough to find a champion. This is apparent by his success in the horse industry. Sylvan, along with his wife Barbara and sons, were the recipients of the very first American Quarter Horse Association Legacy Award, an award given for breeding and registering horses continuously for 50 years. A highlight of Sylvan’s life was on the eve of his 80th birthday, where he won the ICHA Legends Cutting, scoring an incredible 154 points.
Sylvan is survived by his wife Barbara of Eagle, sons: Doug (Carol), Todd, Toby (Linda) and his daughters: Betty Critzer, Diane Stevens (Jim), Kay Brassfield (Al), and Karla Brown as well as special friends Marcelo Garcia and Very Ortiz. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Duane and a grandson, Justin Tipton.