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March 30, 2014

John D. Williams named Progressive Citizen of the Year


From humble beginnings, John D. Williams has left a trail of footsteps across Claremore and Rogers County, leading thousands of families and hundreds of businesses to locate and make this their home.
Williams was named   Progressive Citizen of the Year Saturday evening during a banquet at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. The Claremore Daily Progress sponsored the award.
His parents purchased a ranch north of Claremore — Co-Line Ranch — where he visited as a boy. It left fond memories with him that led him to relocate to Claremore in 1968, after serving a 4-year term in the U. S. Air Force.
“I loved Claremore and all the possibilities it had to offer, so we made it our home,” he said.
Williams was nominated by many local business leaders.
“John is a generous, unpretentious servant,” said Edward F. Keller, chairman of Commerce Bank of Tulsa. “Generally, deferring to others for the public recognition or leadership positions, but always available. The best friend one could ever have; it is my sincere pleasure to recommend John for this significant honor.”
“I know of no one in Rogers County who has done more for Claremore and Rogers County than John Williams,” said Frank C. Robson, Robson Properties and RCB Bank.
“He stands as a silent hero, citizen that believes in responsiblity to the community. He is an example of altruism — representative of the area whose purpose is to help others,” said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. “He has proven to be concerned with the future of residents of Rogers County. Simply stated, he is determined to make our community a better place to live by helping its future citizens.”
Dr. Larry Rice, President of Rogers State University, said, “John Williams, in my opinion, is very deserving and perhaps long overdue in being recognized and honored by the community for his passion, generosity and integrity.”

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