SALT LAKE CITY — Cameron Williams, Utah County Committee Chair for the state's Black Chamber of Commerce, has died, Equality Utah confirmed on Saturday.
Williams was 33 years old when he died Thursday, June 3. His cause of death was not immediately available.
"A civic leader, volunteer and advocate, Cameron sat on the board and later became chair of the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce," his obituary reads. Williams also worked as a leader for Living Color Utah, an organization that provides resources for Utah's diverse population, and as an advisory board member of the Young Professionals of Salt Lake City and Utah Chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants and National Society of Black Engineers, his obituary notes.
From inventing a system on Microsoft Excel to automate inventory at his first job at Ace Hardware when he was 16 to becoming part of Domo's leadership team, Williams was passionate about the tech industry. He also founded the transportation logistics company, EverWoke.
Williams also worked as Domo's director of diversity and engagement, which combined his love of tech and diversity.
"Cameron was known for using his voice to create a space for others who had no voice, all while educating his colleagues, leaders, and the communities of Utah about why a difference in voice — especially in business — is paramount," his obituary says.
KSL.com profiled Williams in 2020 in the article, "Black Voices: Improving diversity in Utah's tech culture," where he discussed how he had planned to move to Utah for only 18 months but fell in love with the state. He stayed for the remaining nine years of his life.
"I call it the Utah trap," Williams said. "If you give Utah a real chance, you'll find the two things: One, you're in the modern-day gold rush because there's nothing but opportunity in Utah. And two, you're gonna fall in love with this place because you live inside of a postcard."
Williams was also named one of Utah Business magazine's "Forty Under Forty" in 2020.
"Raised by a village, empowered by his family, neighbors and friends, Cameron accomplished everything he sought out to do in just 33 years of life, including finding the love of his life, Indya," his obituary reads.
"He helped create spaces for our message to be heard and championed our organization at every opportunity," Equality Utah said on Twitter about Williams' passing, calling him a dear friend. "Thank you, Cameron, for all your work to help Equality and Inclusion here in Utah."
Today we say our final good-byes to our dear friend, Cameron Russell Williams. He helped create spaces for our message to be heard and championed our organization at every opportunity.— Equality Utah (@EqualityUtah) June 19, 2021
Thank you, Cameron, for all your work to help Equality and Inclusion here in Utah.#RIPpic.twitter.com/vJcsisge8U
Williams is also described in his obituary as always being deeply connected and caring toward his family and community despite his successes, as someone "always giving honor to God," and as a younger twin.
Williams' memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at The Point Church at 5133 Heath Ave. in Salt Lake City. Attendees are asked to wear white.
On Sunday, June 20, a celebration of life for Williams will be held at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza Main Stage located at 12033 Lone Peak Parkway in Draper. Attendees are asked to wear white and blue.
In the place of flowers, the family has asked for donations to the Cameron R. Williams Diversity Impact Scholarship.