“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” — Shannon Alder
Nothing can describe the impact that longtime Louisiana equipment manager Lynn Williams had on the Ragin Cajun program and the people he came in contact with. He passed away Wednesday night surrounded by his family in Lafayette.
Lynn Williams, a Lafayette native and a graduate from Northside High School first began his job in 1985 by serving five years as a student manager at Louisiana.
After putting in a lot of time and hard work he then started overseeing men's sports and assisting with football as the lead equipment manager. A job that he loved, and was loved in return by many student-athletes, co-workers, coaches, and anyone that came in contact with him during his time with the program.
Former Ragin Cajun quarterback and two time Super Bowl champion, Brandon Stokley spoke on the impact Williams had.
“Lynn Williams, a man that I loved and meant a great deal to me and the Ragin Cajuns passed away tonight,” Stokley said. “I spent countless hours with him during football season. Some of my favorite memories growing up were taking road trips to away grams. He was a special, special man Big Lynn.”
Williams also provided student jobs to students that were in financial need giving them the opportunity to work for him that included student aid toward their education. Known for his lively spirit and having an impressive helmet collection of some of the most notable college programs in the country, Williams was a good man. He was recognized for loving his job to the fullest and impacting more than just himself but an entire program. He will truly be missed but his legacy and standard will live on forever.
His passing comes six days after Louisiana Ragin Cajuns athletic department employee Leonard Wiltz passed away. Wiltz devoted 35 years of service and was known for his dedication and love to the football program.
Athletic Director Bryan Maggard spoke on both men.
“The entire Louisiana Athletics family mourns the loss of these two special individuals,” Maggard said. “Both Leonard and Lynn dedicated their lives to the service of the University of Louisiana and its student-athletes. The impact they had on so many people will serve as their legacy, and both will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.”
Williams and Wiltz will truly be missed from the Louisiana Ragin Cajun family for their service and love for the program.