Waxahachie great Dr. David Williams was honored Friday night before the Indians’ season opening game with the unveiling of a monument in front of Lumpkins Stadium. Dr. Williams served as the Waxahachie athletic team physician from 1962 to 1999. He passed away in 2012, but not before leaving a legacy of unmatched service to the WISD athletes — along with his patients throughout Waxahachie. We asked the people who were at the center of his years of service to think back on his untiring work and his contributions to the community.
Buck Jordan - Former Waxahachie Mayor
Words can’t express what he’s done for this athletic program and this school district. There will never be another like him.
Dr. Robert P. Roye, MD
He was the epitomy of service to his community, both through his patients and his love of sports. He was a key player to both WISD and WISD athletics.
Bill Midkiff - Former WHS Baseball Coach and THSBCA Hall of Fame Member
Extremely giving. He would drop by Richards Park just to check on the kids and make sure they were doing fine. He probably never had the spare time, but he always made time for kids in the athletic program.
WHS Athletic Trainer David ‘Doc’ Bowdoin
Dr. Williams was the face of Waxahachie athletics for almost 40 years. In the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, each and every athlete at WISD was touched by David Williams. He was instrumental in building the sports medicine and athletic training program we have in place today. He layed the groundwork. He was way ahead of his time when it came to sports medicine. When you went to see Dr. Williams, you were going to be there a while, because he treated the whole person. He treated each athlete mentally, physically and spiritually.
Dr. Benjamin D. Boone Jr, MD
When I first came to Waxahachie after leaving Parkland Hospital as an orthepidic surgeon, I knew how to take care of major trama. David Williams taught me how to take care of the student athlete. We went to 25 years worth of games together. Because of his work, Waxahachie is one of the few teams that has doctors at both home games and away games. He taught us that was the way to do it, and that’s the way we do it today.
Brian Zettler, MS, MEd, ATC, CSCS - 1989 WHS Graduate, WHS Sports Hall of Fame member and certified trainer for the Utah Jazz
Dr. Williams was an incredible influence to me at such a pivotal time in my life. I vividly remember discussing with him the pros and cons about the current healthcare field. Even 20 years ago, he was a true visionary and could foresee all the changes that we are seeing today. Without his influence I would not have chosen to go into the healthcare field, particularly sports medicine. More importantly, Dr. Williams taught me the importance of giving yourself to the benefit of your community. Your talents, your time, your resources: they are all worthless unless you can donate them to the welfare of your society.