BOZEMAN - William Jonathan Hays Andrews died unexpectedly on Oct. 31, 2008, in Sydney, Australia. He was attending Western Sydney University on an international exchange program through Montana State University.
Willy was born in Helena on May 21, 1985, to Jonathan William Andrews and Lynne Murray Albright. Will attended Kessler Elementary School and lived with his parents at the Upcountry Inn. After moving to Bozeman, he attended Sacajawea Middle School and graduated from Bozeman High School in 2003. Will played on the State Championship Bozeman Hawks Basketball team in 2003, one of three undefeated basketball teams in Montana history, called by one coach the "best high school team, from 1 to 12," that he'd ever seen. Will graduated from MSU with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2008.
Two meters tall and a stand-out redhead, Willy stood out in many ways. As a little boy, he was constantly building things and never stopped, including a civil engineering degree and a worldwide web of friends. Willy loved outdoor activities - skiing, rock climbing, motorcycling, rafting and extreme hiking. Once he drove from Bozeman, hiked to the top of Granite Peak, drove back to Bozeman, and then hiked the Crazies the next day.
Always a superb worker, he had a paper route, did a Burger King stint, worked a memorable summer in Yellowstone National Park, at the MSU bookstore and with seismic crews dawn to dusk in Wyoming, Utah, Pennsylvania and Montana.
Will's life was marked by intelligence, grace, balance and honor. He was loved by many.
Willy is survived by his parents; his sister, Judy (Tom) Bovington, niece, Helen and nephew, Neal, all of Helena; his aunt, Joan Hall Andrews of Helena; his uncle, Jeffrey Schaefer Andrews of Helena; cousins, Nicholas Oliver Swanson Andrews and Ashly Holland of Bozeman; his aunt, Renee (Kurt) Pipinich of Helena; and uncle, Joseph Crowe of Denver.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Altha Andrews; grandmother, Leona Smith, all of Helena; and aunt, Sandra Murray Crowe of Denver.
There will be a memorial service at the Danforth Chapel on the MSU campus at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.
To remember Will, the family would appreciate contributions to the Will Andrews Scholarship Fund, MSU Foundation, PO Box 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717.