Trace was born in Quincy, Illinois, part of the Nauvoo district and final resting place to his relative Frederick G. Williams. Later his family moved to Grass Valley, California, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento. Northern California is where Trace calls home and the place that shaped his interests in snowboarding, the outdoors and art. Trace enjoys landscape photography and travel with his wife, Susan, (a former guest on the podcast) and his four children. Two of his children are serving full-time missions. A daughter is serving in the Washington Kennewick Mission and his son is called to the Japan Fukuoka Mission with a reassignment near his sister in the Washington Tacoma Mission. Trace served in the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission and has fond memories of the people, food and being branch president to an all-sister branch.