Austin Caleb Williams, 25, of North Potomac, MD, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Beloved son of John and Karlene, loving brother to Dake, Bret and Jenna. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins in Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, DC and Virginia.
Austin was born in Orlando, FL, his father’s hometown where he had many aunts, uncles and cousins. The family moved to Mesa, AZ in 1995. As a young boy, Austin enjoyed camping with the family, participating in Indian Guides, many different sports, and building a collection of Pokémon cards.
In 2001, when Austin was 8 years old, the family moved to North Potomac, MD. Austin attended Rachel Carson and Thurgood Elementary schools. He settled into a new sport of karate spending many hours at Kick’s Karate. He also started baseball and wrestling which turned out to be his major sports interests through high school. He also participated in scouts in his early years while at Thurgood and later at Ridgeview Middle School. During this time Austin migrated his attention from Pokémon to Xbox and the online game of RuneScape which he continued to enjoy off and on and up until his passing. At Quince Orchard High School, Austin was a member of both the wrestling and baseball teams for four years. He especially excelled in wrestling, finishing in the top eight in the state his junior and senior years as well being voted the Most Outstanding wrestler his senior year. He was an excellent student, graduating in 2011, finishing with multiple AP classes and a high GPA that qualified him for attendance at the University of Maryland College Park.
Austin attended UMD for one semester when he made the decision to return home due to health issues. Austin later earned an Associate degree at Montgomery College and was completing requirements for entrance into the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program offered through the Universities of Shady Grove. Austin worked in many jobs over the past several years but most recently was employed by Domino’s Pizza as delivery driver.
Austin enjoyed going to the movies with his brother, playing video games with his friends, and eating his favorite foods of pizza and Chipotle. He had a sweet and kind spirt and will be missed dearly.
Austin developed a mental illness in his late teens which caused him to struggle with day to day life. He had a strong desire to succeed at work and school and continued to pursue his goals while battling this illness. Two organizations that were instrumental in helping Austin and his parents understand and deal with the mental illness were NAMI MC and Cornerstone Montgomery. We encourage everyone to be familiar with these organizations as resources for someone they may know that needs assistance. Thus, we have chosen them as two of the charities in Austin's name.
A memorial service and reception honoring Austin was held June 8th at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, MD. The one hour service was recorded and is available for replay at: Google Pictures - Austin Williams Service
For those that wish, memorial contributions may be made in Austin’s name to any of the following organizations.
NAMI Montgomery County National Alliance on Mental Illness of Montgomery County, MD (NAMI MC) is an organization that helps individuals, families and friends of those suffering with a mental illness. NAMI provides Public Awareness and Support and Education resources. (On the Donate page, there is a designated spot to indicate who it's in memory of on the Donate page).
Cornerstone Montgomery: Cornerstone specializes in the provision of comprehensive, community- and evidence-based mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder treatments and interventions.Click “Designate your gift here” to designate Austin’s name.
QO Booster Club: (Upon check out there is a Notes box to Austin’s name.)
The Quince Orchard Booster Club provides the following support to Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, MD.
- We support over 42 athletic teams and 68 clubs/organizations
- We allow our students access to cutting edge technology and programs
- We promote programs that help unite our community of parents, staff and local businesses to support and encourage our children