BEAVER DAM, Ariz. — Nate Williams died doing what he loved: Living life to the fullest.

Family and friends of the Clearfield, Utah, man who sustained fatal injuries during the Beaver Dam Lawnmower Races on Nov. 11 confirmed Williams died Nov. 16. He was 32 years old.

Anita Mortensen with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed Williams “did succumb to his injuries.”

Nate Williams (third from right) with other lawnmower racers at the racetrack, Beaver Dam, Arizona, unspecified date| Photo courtesy of Corrinna Williams, St. George News

Nate Williams’ wife Corrinna Williams told St. George News during a Nov. 22 phone interview: “The loss of him has rocked so many people of all walks of life.”

As reported previously by St. George News, Williams was injured during the opening race of the Beaver Dam Lawnmower Racing season in Beaver Dam, Arizona, on Veterans Day. Williams was injured when he lost control of his racing mower and collided with a parked van and was ejected from the mower. He was transported to St. George Regional Hospital by helicopter.

Corinna Williams said her husband had the following injuries: broken ribs on his left side; shattered all bones in his right hand; exposed tendons in his fingers; two lacerations through his liver; and complete liver and kidney failure. He also seized on the incident scene.

On Nov. 16, he experienced massive internal bleeding and no circulation in his legs. He never regained consciousness and died five days after the incident.

“It was the hardest thing for me,” Corrinna Williams said. “There is this huge empty cataclysm. It is like I got the wind knocked out of me, completely breathless.”

Born in Syracuse Utah on March 4, 1991, and raised on his grandpa’s 180-acre farm, “Nate” grew up as a hard worker and loved racing.

Nate Williams is pictured with his wife Corrinna and his two children Cache and Autumn, unspecified date and location | Photo courtesy of Corrinna Williams, St. George News

Corrinna Williams said Nate Williams’ grandfather Hal Seifert once held the world record in speed boat racing and is a member of the prominent racing family Seifert Racing. Seifert founded the Beaver Dam Lawnmower Races. Nate Williams would travel down once a month to Beaver Dam to participate in the lawnmower races during the season.

She said he participated in recreational activities of “anything with a motor in it,” including “sand dunes all day” and “anything that gave him a sense of speed.”

He resided in Clearfield, Utah, with his wife of 13 years and two teenagers — 15-year-old daughter Autumn and a 13-year-old son Cache. He was a truck driver for Staker Parson Materials and Construction base in Ogden.

“Racing has always been in his blood,” she said. “It has been passed down from generation to generation.”

In fact, Nate Williams’ son was participating in his first race when Williams was injured.

“He definitely made his mark and made it his own,” she said. “He is such an amazing person.”

Corrinna Williams said Nate was always willing to help people, whether they were a familiar face or a complete stranger. She said a lot of people are critical of him racing with the potential risk it entails. However, she said it is important to know he lived life to the fullest.

“A really good statement that he always hung on was he didn’t want to live the same day for 90 years and call it a life,” she said. “He wanted to experience life, anything new and anything with passion.”

She expressed gratitude to the staff and doctors at St. George Regional Hospital, the Marriott Hotel and everyone who has provided love, support and financial assistance.

A family-approved GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to Corrinna Williams and the children and to offset funeral expenses. To donate, click here.

The Beaver Dam Bar, which hosts the races, has set up a fundraiser with an auction for the family. The event is being emceed by local entertainer and event auctioneer Rick Wall.

It will be on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (PST) at 401 Highway 91, Littlefield, Arizona. Different baked goods and donated items will be auctioned off with all money and donations going to the Williams family.

This report is based on statements from family, records, police or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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