The long road to becoming a cattle rancher
Diamond W Cattle Company was founded by Mike and Lynda Williams. Although, technically, a first-generation cattle operation, Mike and Lynda’s agriculture roots run deep. Farmers and ranchers dominate their family tree as far back as records are kept.
Lynda’s paternal grandfather, Edwin Dies, farmed in Pennsylvania where their family has farmed since coming to America in the early 1700s. Her maternal Grandfather, Lemuel Doyle, was a rancher in Texas. Her step-grandfather, Sid Frasier, also ranched in Texas and, as a young man, drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail. Both of Mike’s Grandparents farmed and raised cattle. Tom Williams, Mike’s paternal grandfather farmed, raised cattle, and ran a dairy near Hammer Idaho.
Tom Smith, Mike’s maternal grandfather, ran a small farm and ranch near the Southern Idaho town of Wendell. Tom was an excellent horseman and a good cowboy. His farm is still in the family, and is currently owned by Mike’s aunt, Ann Lorraine Smith. Mike spent a great deal of his youth working with his grandparents where he developed a love for the livestock, the land and the lifestyle.
Although Mike’s parents moved to town when Mike was a small boy, his father taught him how to work. Mike spent many years working as a cowboy, a soldier, and a horse shoer where he developed the skills, discipline and confidence to enter the cattle business.