Obituary ~ Jack Everette Williams, 85 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jack E. Williams, a beloved family man and friend. He went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 16, 2018 after living a wonderfully full life of 84 years. Jack is survived by his wife, Linda M. Williams of 63 years, and their four children: Sally Myers (Gary), Gregory Williams (Gabi), James Todd Williams (Cindee) and Cindy Horist (Terry). They have 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The Homecoming Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:30pm at Rancho Community Church, 31300 Rancho Community Way in Temecula. For Jack’s Homecoming Celebration of Life details, please visit Jack’s journey began on January 20, 1934 in Plainview, Texas. He attended Clovis High School in New Mexico and was a star basketball player. He met Linda Marie Maples in high school and they tied the knot on December 23, 1954 in Clovis, New Mexico. Jack and Linda moved to Southern California where Jack joined the Marine Corps. After serving his country, Jack entered the food service industry in the 60’s and joined Collins Foods Service where he worked with Jim Collins, a franchisee of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. Collins acquired an independent steak house in Culver City, California in 1958, which was the beginning of Sizzler Restaurants. Jack was instrumental in growing the Sizzler brand across the country. His enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit paved the way for him to become a Sizzler franchisee in the early 70’s. Jack’s passion and business savvy opened the door for him to operate 36 locations in Southern California and became its largest franchisee. His innovative leadership style led the renovation of the iconic American brand and brought him great notoriety and awards in the restaurant industry. In the late 80’s, Jack retired from Sizzler and together with his wife Linda, they founded Richie’s Real American Diner. Their diners continue Pleasin’ People with Good Country Cookin’ in Temecula and Murrieta, along with the Diner in Rancho Cucamonga, owned by their daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Gary Myers. Jack and Linda have enjoyed working alongside their children who are dedicated to keeping the character and culture of Richie’s Diner a household name for generations to come. Jack’s Texas roots and Linda’s Alabama roots are the inspiration for their home-style recipes, wood-smoked steaks and luscious desserts. It’s well known that Jack’s love for people, his humor and Linda’s love for fun and made-from scratch cookin’ has made Richie’s Diner the go-to place for food, fun and fellowship. In May 2014, Jack was honored by the most prestigious restaurant award in the industry, the Silver Plate Award, presented by the IFMA (International Food Manufactures Association) in Chicago. Jack was the purchasing guru for his dear friend, Eddie Sheldrake, founder of Polly’s Pies. While Jack traveled the country selecting the best ingredients for Polly’s and Richie’s, he never swerved from Pleasin’ People. During Jack’s 26 years of loving the nostalgia of the good ol’ days brought to life in Richie’s Diner, he enjoyed every guest who walked in the front door. It wasn’t uncommon to find him, welcoming his guests with, “Hey there, Hi there, Ho there” or, you’d hear him say, “I’m doing good, good and gooder”. You’d also find him sitting with his guests and sneakin’ a French fry or two. He was likened and trusted as a father, grand-father, great-grandfather, friend, mentor and encourager. His love for Jesus beamed across his face as guests would not only come for the home-style cookin’ but they couldn’t leave until they introduced their friends to this awesome man who had passion for people, loved to hug and knew how to listen. He adored his Richie’s staff and he was so proud of their commitment and dedication to their guests. The son of a Cattle Inspector, Jack grew up on a horse and became one of Temecula’s trail-riding cowboys. His love for horseback riding was another way he engaged and interacted with so many folks in the community. They’d saddle up the horses at his and Linda’s small ranch and away they’d go exploring the open trails of south Temecula. Of course, the heart-beat of the ride was corralled around how great our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is! His horseback riding adventures also included his children, grandchildren and even his great-grandchildren. As the story has it, they lost track of time ridin’ and snackin’ on tons of Diddy’s candy like Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Rolls and sippin’ on Coca Cola he pulled out of his saddle bag. He was literally a sweet grandfather! Jack Williams touched more people than he ever realized. Throughout his life Jack always sought to serve, whether it was his customers, his community, friends or family to become the best that they could be. His legacy of helping others, giving back to the community, lending a hand, giving great advice to those who embraced hard work, honesty, integrity will forever be remembered. Jack loved his country, was proud to be an American and sincerely believed and cherished the words, “God Bless America.” Jack had a gift of touching lives in an incredible and inspirational way. Every person who met him has a “Jack Story”. The family would love to hear yours. May God be the Glory!

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  1. A true class act, he will be so missed. Thank you for all you did for so many. The great news is one day we will all be together again.

  2. An Ameeican icon will be honored today. Jack represented all that is good today. He only wished the best for everyone. He and Linda set an example to everyone, particularly our kids who met both of them. Jack akways had a smile and a hanshake or a hug for every customer. He honored our Country and every veteran he met. He as a pioneer and a practitioner of the golden rule. He treated everone as he would like to be treated. He provided comfort food and comfort caring. Jack, we salute you for the example and the legacy you have gifted to us all. Today is a day of thanks to a man who gave a piece of himself to everyone he met. Thank you Jack.

  3. I first met Jack June of 1991. His Management hired me. I started at the Perris Richies, and 2 months later we opened Richies in Temecula on Jefferson. Across the street there was a class we had to take. His main focus for us was old fashioned.. please and thank you manners. Jack always had good spirits and was uplifting. Jack was always doing silly things to make everyone laugh. I remember him sneaking silverware in the coat pockets and then chase them out the door and tell them “hey, where are you going with my silverware?!” Lol I worked with him for 23 years and he was always good to me. I will forever remember him❤

  4. I have known Jack since he came to this valley. It has been an honor to call him my friend. Every time I dine at Richies I feel his presence.

  5. I have known Jack since he came to this valley. It has been an honor to call him my friend. Every time I dine at Richies I feel his presence.

  6. I met Jack in the early 70s while I was working at the sizzler in Costa Mesa and then ran into him in the early 80 s at the opening of the Fontana sizzler then I lost contact with him but sometime around 2009 I talked to him but never got to see him again he was a wonderful man and may he RIP

  7. Jack came to the Victorville area in the early 1990’s. He was a great and motivating leader. You could not help but love his enthusiasm and dedication. My brother Todd went on to work for him for many years.Jack; we love you and I am glad we had lunch at Little Riches 6 years ago and it was great to catch up. May God look over your great family. Joseph W. Brady,The Bradco Companies

  8. Jack hosted the awards banquets for straight A students I helped organize when I was in high school. He was very gracious and helpful in civic and nonprofit events such as ours. Sorry to hear of his passing.

  9. Jack was instrumental in helping so many reach for Excellence! His bright outlook on life was contagious! He has left an impression not only on my mind but also in my heart! Jack will never be forgotten in my household! He Loved and is so Loved by so many! I know his big smile was a welcomed sight as he stepped into the presents of his Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ! I remember him saying “You may not always work for me but you will always be my friend!” We were so blessed to be able to call him Friend!
    Bob and Fran Griffin

  10. Jack Williams was one of the first role models in my life. It has been many years since I have worked for him but he has always had my utmost esteem and respect for how he has lived his life. I am blessed to know he knew Jesus and he is now in His presence. I hope to chat with him again one day. Thanks Jack for finishing well. Blessings to all the Williams family who will miss him.

  11. Judy and I loved to have Jack come by our table to greet us. Even the first time we went to Richie’s he treated us like we were old friends and he was happy to see us. Once I told him that we’d come more often but didn’t want to wear out our welcome. He just laughed and said, ‘oh you couldn’t to that…” He will be missed but well remembered by us.

  12. My husband & I have known Jack & Linda Williams for over 30 years. We have dined in Ritchie’s Diner with Jack chatting with us over DELICIOUS cuisine . Jack has gone HOME to HEAVEN now. We have been BLESSED to know you!! Love, Jim & Bev

  13. Please accept my condolences during this difficult time. May God’s promise of a resurrection here on earth found in Revelation 21:4 give you hope for the future.

  14. So grateful to have known Jack. What an amazing legacy he leaves behind. Been blessed to know him and Linda for 24 years. Our kids were raised eating at Richies. Many birthday celebrations and family gathering have occurred there. I’m hoping someone in the family writes a book about Jack’s life. There’s an amazing story there. Thanks Jack & Linda for the joy you bring to others and our community. So grateful.

  15. There are times when you meet people who are truly larger than life. Jack was one of those men. Watching him work a room like a politician who was never running for office but always making friends and touching the souls of those he met. Among my experiences with Jack, I attended a number of Restaurant Conferences that Jack also attended and he always sat front and center and listened intently to the speakers and took notes – always learning and striving to be better even though he had probably more experience and knowledge than most everyone else in the room. It was that respect for people and the Industry (Restaurants) that we share where Jack’s influence and legacy will remain a leading force for many many years to come.
    Jack will surely be missed by those who knew him but his loss while difficult especially for his loving family leads to the part of Jack that transcended his earthly role and that deservedly Jack has achieved his greatest reward – Eternal Peace with our Loving God and he will definitely be looking down from Heaven and watching over all those he cared so much about through his life. May God grant Comfort and Strength to his family and gentle Peace to a life well lived.




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