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Paul John Watson(1924 - 2014)

Paul John Watson
Feb. 20, 1924 ~ Apr. 18, 2014
Former Danville Resident
Paul J. Watson, surrounded by his family, passed away in Rancho Mirage, Ca. on April 18th at the age of 90.
Paul was born in the small coal mining town of Winters Quarters, Utah. At the age of 7 he lost his father, and uncle in a mine explosion. Very soon after, his mother moved the family to Marysville, Ca. (Her comment: No sons of hers will ever work in a coal mine) At the age of 17, Paul joined the Navy with his mother's approval and signature on Aug. 1, 1941. When war was declared months later, he was promoted to Chief Petty officer Radioman, and flew in the pacific in SPD fighter planes as a rear gunner.
An entrepreneur all his life, Paul helped in pioneering the Australia/New Zealand imported meat business. He started his own company, Secrest Watson International in 1967, and retired at age 70. His son and grandson continue in the family business.
In his retirement, Paul continued on with his passion for golf, oil painting, dancing and partying. He was an active member at Thunderbird CC, Rancho Mirage, Ca. and Blackhawk CC, Danville, Ca also a member of the Committee of 25 , Palm Springs, Ca.
One cannot describe the impact Paul has made on the lives of his entire family. He showed us by example of how to live our lives and he will be forever missed.
Paul is survived by his wife Paula, his three children, Michael Watson (wife Julie), Paula Bouey and Kerry Watson, six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He so much loved his family and his many friends.
Private family services are pending.

Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 30, 2014
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