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Date:   January 20, 2017


From:   Williams Insurance Service, Inc.

Contact:  Dee Benton, President & CEO, 760-367-7542




Williams Insurance Service is proud to celebrate its 80th Anniversary!


Williams Insurance Service, an iconic Morongo Basin company, was founded in 1937, the same year that the Golden Gate Bridge opened, Nylon fiber was patented, Newsweek and Women’s Day began publication, Xerography printing was developed, Joe Louis took the heavyweight title, and postage stamps were three cents!


Established by Bill Hatch, one of Twentynine Palms’ most notable pioneers, the operation flourished and subsequent owner Don Williams put his mark, and his name, on the business. Don’s son-in-law, Jerry Mattos successfully helmed the business for over 40 years, turning day-to-day operations over to Dee Richhart in 2004.


Today, Williams Insurance Service is the largest independent insurance agency in the Morongo Basin, representing many of the country’s leading insurance companies.  With office locations in Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley, area citizens have easy access to professional insurance brokerage services.  In 2015, a third branch office was opened in Santa Clarita, CA.


In the last decade, Williams Insurance has expanded staff and business hours to meet the demand of the growing community and added services such as a dedicated Commercial Insurance agent, a dedicated Medicare agent, two Certified Covered California agents, Vehicle Registration Services and CarFax reports.


 The Williams Insurance staff undergoes annual training and continuing education with most full-time employees holding professional designations.  Williams Insurance is proud to add professional career positions to the local job market.


Williams Insurance has always been on the leading edge of insurance technology, continually embracing new methods and platforms, investing in equipment upgrades and often serving as a beta test site for new software.  Today, Williams Insurance has representatives in 3 states that assist California clients and support office-based personnel.  Investments in technology also protect agency data and play an important role in disaster preparedness. 


Over the years, Williams Insurance has shared its success with Morongo Basin, giving back by supporting and helping to fund numerous community projects and programs including youth sports, literacy programs, community celebrations, economic development initiatives and more. In fact, a Howard Pierce Memorial located in front of Hi Desert Medical Center honors Don Williams for his volunteer work in the establishment and operation of our local hospital.


President and Chief Executive Officer Dee Benton says, “Things have changed a lot in 80 years. But, after all this time some things remain the same. Williams Insurance still helps the community, one person at a time, with Professional Agents and Hometown Service.”


Williams Insurance is pleased to offer customize insurance coverage for nearly any situation.  Contact us today!





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