09/30/1989 - 06/21/2022
Service Date: 07/01/2022
Service Time: 11 AM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park 2100 East Queen Creek Road Gilbert, AZ 85297
Visitation Date: 07/01/2022
Visitation Time: 10 AM
Visitation Location: Gilbert Memorial Park
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park

Williams H. Caraveo, 32, of Mesa, Az unexpectedly died on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Williams is survived by his mother, Mony Caraveo, his brothers Ulises and Luis Caraveo, his partner Russell Semmler, his many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many, many friends and coworkers. His funeral will be held at Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 E Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85297. Visitation will begin at 10 am with services starting at 11 am and burial immediately following.

Williams was raised in Mesa, AZ. As a child and teenager he developed a passion for music and movies, film editing, sarcastic humor, and loving animals. He regularly spent time memorizing scenes from movies so he could recite them by heart, playing piano, and perfecting his one-line comebacks.

As an adult he never lost these passions, however, he did add one more passion; helping others. Williams dedicated his adult life to helping those that needed it most, regularly volunteering and donating to charities that helped the homeless, advocated for women’s rights, protected the rights and safety of LGBTQ youth and adults, and focused on the right to a good education for those with special needs. He spoke out even when others didn’t and never backed down when defending what was right.

His commitment to children with special needs was so strong he even quit his job in his late 20s and returned to school, graduating with a dual bachelor’s degree is general and special education. He continued to work in special education as a teacher until his death.

Williams was truly one of a kind. His heart never ceased to grow bigger and more kind each day. His smile was contagious and his passion inspiring to all those that met him. He gave all the good he could to the world and then kept giving. He never allowed anyone or anything tell him he couldn’t make a difference in the world, and made sure to let others know they could make a difference as well.

Williams legacy will continue to live in all he inspired.

We ask that condolences for Williams be sent to his mother Mony Caraveo. Also, any donations may be sent either to Mony Caraveo or to one of the below charities/organizations in his name:

Cortney’s Place in Scottsdale, AZ

The Trevor Project

The Human Rights Campaign



  • So very sorry sending my Love And Deepest Thoughts and Prayers …..always here for you Russell anytime

  • Schrimsher Sylenda Stone

    Russell, sending my love and prayers for you & Williams family! Love you precious

  • It was a devastating blow to hear that Williams had passed. He was such a funny, sweet and loving guy. My deepest condolences to the family for their great loss. May the lord help your hearts heal from this great wound.

  • My heart is with Williams family and Russell, much love and prayers and condolences. I never had the chance to meet Williams, however he sounds like an Angel and never knew how much love people had for him. Truly a special soul.

  • Nancy Florian

    Mi mas sentido pesame para toda la familia en especial a su madre Mony Caraveo un abrazo muy fuerte desde la distancia

  • Kathleen Paat

    Some of my fondest memories of Williams including sitting by a piano, singing together, and spending lunches together. This news is absolutely heartbreaking and I send my deepest wishes to his family and loved one! He will always be remembered!

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