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Williams Trust donates $991,000 to SMSU in Marshall

MARSHALL -- Steve Williams, a 1974 Southwest Minnesota State University alumnus who died in March 2018, has left the SMSU Foundation a gift of $991,000.

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Courtesy photos of Steven J. Williams

MARSHALL - Steve Williams, a 1974 Southwest Minnesota State University alumnus who died in March 2018, has left the SMSU Foundation a gift of $991,000.

Williams graduated in 1974 with a marketing degree and went on to a 30-year career with Hormel.

"SMSU was an important place for us both," said his brother, Jim, in the news release announcing the gift. Jim Williams is a 1978 SMSU alumnus and the executor of his brother's trust.

"Steve was a 'B' and 'C' student, but he was such a likeable guy and he had the gift of gab. He was very appreciative of how Southwest recruited those businesses that recruited him," Jim Williams said.

Both Steve Williams and Jim Williams graduated from Clarkfield High School before attending SMSU.

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The Steven J. Williams Family Trust recently donated $2.8 million to the Montevideo Veterans Home and $991,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association Minnesota/Dakotas Division.

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