Feb. 24, 1922 Reading Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
Jan. 3, 2008 Carmichael Sacramento County California, USA
Spencer Mortimer Williams was one of six children born to Theodore Ryder Williams and Anabel Lee Hutchinson.
After his father was transferred to Southern California in 1939 to oversee studio film-financing, Spencer attended UCLA. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and married fellow student Mary Kathryn Bramlage on August 20, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois.
Spencer joined the Navy and fought in the Pacific theater during World War II. After the war, he earned a law degree from UC Berkeley in 1948 and went into private practice in San Jose. During the Korean War, he volunteered for active duty with the Navy and did legal work at the Pentagon.
For about 15 years he served as a county counsel in Santa Clara County before becoming the Republican candidate for attorney general in 1966. He again campaigned for the job in 1970, but Evelle Younger, then the Los Angeles County district attorney, won the nomination and was elected to the office.
Spencer was nominated by Richard M. Nixon to a seat as Federal Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California in 1971. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in July and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2002.
Spencer and Mary had children: Carol Marcia, Peter Ralston, Spencer Thomas, Clark Barry, Janice Lynn, and Diane Kathryn.