Born Feb. 11, 1927, in Mazatlan, Mexico, Mr. Watson was raised in Alameda. He later lived in Hayward, Tracy and Manteca.
Mr. Watson served four years in the Merchant Marine and four years in the U.S. Navy. Following his service, he worked 35 years for Owens-Illinois Glass Co. in Oakland and Tracy, retiring in 1983 as a quality control supervisor.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Letha Watson of Manteca; four daughters, Vicki Whitman, and her partner, Marianne Boudreau, of Oakland, Laura Belo, and her husband, Bill Prichard, of Alameda, Aleta Medeiros, and her husband, John, of Manteca and Jennifer Matter, and her husband, John, of Turlock; three sons, Michael Belo, and his wife, Libby, of Denver, John Watson, and his wife, Vera, of Elk Grove and Jeff Watson, and his wife, Sveta, of London; four siblings, Irene Miller, Joseph Watson and John Watson, all of Alameda, and Gloria Brown of Cassel; and 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmeth and Consuelo Watson.
A celebration of Mr. Watson’s life will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 N. Union Road, in Manteca. A military graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. that same day in Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, in Dixon. An online guest book can be viewed and signed at www.plfryandson.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions in Mr. Watson’s name to Second Harvest Food Bank, 704 Industrial Park Drive, Manteca, CA 95337.