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Blinded by love

Reid Williams

DILLON VALLEY – Tom Williams says he never would have guessed his path in life would lead him to where it has, nor that he would be so happy with the journey.

“Six years ago, I had no idea what was in a McDonald’s Happy Meal,” Williams said Saturday, watching his sons, Jordan and Noah, cavort in the yard with golden retriever, Benson. “I can tell you all about that now.”

Williams, a Colorado native, came to Summit County in 1989, after college and a short stint in Texas. His two sisters were already living here and Williams quickly took up the ski bum lifestyle with a job at the front desk at the Village at Breckenridge and the pass that came with it. And then his sister, Lynne, started to bug him.

“She basically badgered me,” Williams said. “She said, “You’ve got to meet this girl. She’s a teacher, she’s great.’ Lynne made it sound like this girl was the best thing to come around in a long time.”

Little did he know, but that teacher, Beth, was getting the same treatment from her friends. They told her they had the man for her.

“My friend Kathy Jungman kept on and kept on,” Beth Williams said. “I love Kathy, but I wasn’t sure about this.”

Tom decided to give Beth a call. He got an answering machine, but the voice intrigued him, he said. He had to see the woman that went with it. They went out on a blind date and when she got home, the future Beth Williams called her mother.

“It’s over, I told her,” she said. “I found him.”

Two years later, they married. The adventure didn’t stop there, though. Beth Williams was teaching kindergarten at Silverthorne Elementary, where she still teaches part-time. But Tom Williams knew he had to move on from the skiing lifestyle. He got a job installing hospital computer systems. He went back to school for more computer training and got a different job installing credit card systems. The couple moved to Lakewood, but Beth Williams continued to commute to Summit County to teach.

And then a crucial point came. Tom decided to go to work for himself and went to school to get his real estate agent license, and the couple came back to the mountains they loved.

“I couldn’t have done it without Beth,” he said. “I’d always wanted to go into sales, and you get to help people, too, in real estate.”

They bought their first home together in Dillon Valley in 1994. A month later, they had their first child: Benson the dog. The couple said Benson has been a great protector and friend for their sons, now 5 and 3. Jordan and Noah Williams, who are often mistaken for Batman and Robin, Spiderman or any of the other superheroes they mimic in costume, are the joy of their life, the Williamses said. The flexibility of working in real estate allows Tom to take one day off each week to spend with his sons.

“This is a great place for them,” Beth Williams said. “All they know is the outdoors. We take them to a mall and they’re wide-eyed at all the people and stores. It’ll be interesting to see where they end up.”

Tom and Beth don’t know where they’ll end up, either, but Summit County will be hard to beat, they said.


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