Crash victim was general contractor

Floyd Brooks Williams III, president of Brooks Corp. general contractor in Las Vegas, and his wife, Diane, were killed in a small-plane crash Sept. 17 near Kremmling, Colo. They were both 51.

Williams, originally from Albuquerque, N.M., came to Las Vegas with Jaynes Corp. in 1994 and opened his own construction firm about six years ago.

Projects built by Brooks in Las Vegas include Whitney Mesa Business Park, Beltway Commons, Bilbo’s Bar and Grill, Southwest Marketplace and First Good Shepherd Lutheran School.

“He was always handy,” said Tjeerd Brink, a neighbor in the Summerlin community. “He worked his way through construction. Whenever I ran into a problem with a project, I knew where to go for help. He was a great guy. Our families remain very close.”

Diane Williams worked as a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit for HCA at Sunrise and Southern Hills hospitals. She and Floyd were high school sweethearts.

Floyd Williams was the pilot of the twin-engine Piper PA-60 Aerostar that crashed on approach to McElroy Airfield about 75 miles west of Denver. The couple owned a vacation home in Colorado.

Flying was a passion for Floyd Williams, and he took it very seriously, Brink said.

“His pilot training and education was something he did the right way from start to finish,” he said.

Floyd Williams was a member of Associated General Contractors, Rotary Club and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

He is survived by his father, Floyd Williams; mother, Laura Williams; and three adult children, Jacqueline, Melinda and Carolyn, all of Las Vegas. Diane Williams is survived by her mother, Carol Leigh, and the children.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday at Shadow Hills Baptist Church, 7811 Vegas Drive.

Contact reporter Hubble Smith at or 702-383-0491.

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