2021 Douglas Grand Marshals
Sandy and Susanne Williams
A Bit About Them
Longtime Douglas Resident’s Wallace (Sandy) Williams, Jr and Susanne Williams were an easy choice for this year’s Grand Marshals for their longtime service and commitment to making Douglas a better place to live, play, and gather. Sandy and Susanne met while in college, soon arriving in Alaska as newlyweds in 1959. The couple raised two sons, Wallace (Rusty) & Michael.
Sandy, a civil engineer started work with the Bureau of Public Road and then left the state to serve time at Fort Belford, VA, US Army. He returned to Juneau to spend 30 years with the State of Alaska. Sandy also served in the Alaska National Guard Army Engineering Group. He is a past president of Alaska Society of Civil Engineers, Professional Civil Engineers, Juneau Rotary Club, Juneau Glacier Swim Team, and Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners. As well as past board member of City/Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation, CBJ Planning Commission, Juneau State Parks Advisory Board, Douglas 4th of July Committee & Juneau Community Garden Association & others. He was awarded a CBJ Community Service Award, Juneau ASEC 1996 Engineer of the Year, Juneau Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Service Award and Juneau Rotary Service Award & Paul Harris Fellow. He is currently on the DIPAC board and active in ASCE & Juneau Rotary Club. Sandy’s Juneau baseball/softball team was the Capitals. He also officiated for 40 years at softball and basketball games. He enjoys hunting and fishing. His favorite Alaskan spot is the cabin on Swan Island.
Susanne, now retired, worked at Alaska Department of Education and Department of Transportation. Susanne was a founding member of Friends of Juneau Libraries. This group first effort built the current Douglas Community Fire Hall/Library and the Juneau Public Library on top of the parking garage. She was a Cub Scout den mother, a past president of Juneau League of Women Voters, Juneau Alaska Library Association, Chapter N PEO and president of Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners Association, past board member of Juneau Community Garden Association and served several years as Douglas 4th of July Committee Secretary.
Sandy & Rich Poor headed the drive to build Treadwell Ice Arena & Pioneer Pavilion in Douglas. At the Juneau Community Garden, Sandy helped in building a large event shelter & electric fencing. He took part in other projects there over time.
In retirement, together after becoming master gardeners, they helped teach the vegetable section to new gardener classes and students at the Johnson Youth Center for UAF, Cooperative Extension Office. Sandy enjoys starting and growing tomatoes, cucumbers & summer squash every year for Juneau’s Super Saturday Plant Sale. Susanne plants lettuce, peas, carrots, garlic, and other vegetables
They love Douglas and their service to our community over the years is deeply appreciated and enjoyed by all.