Dick Watson

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On July 14 th, 2014 Dick Watson, at the age of 68 won his 18 month battle with Leukemia. With both of his children holding his hands and loving him, his great adventure on Earth came to an end. Dick was loved by every person who ever met him and he never met a stranger.

Richard Eugene "Dick" Watson was born in Willis, Texas on February 12, 1946 and passed away on July 14, 2014 in Houston at MD Anderson Hospital. He lived in Willis, Texas while growing up. He attended Willis Elementary then transferred to Conroe schools where he graduated from Conroe High in 1964. He then attended the University of Texas and graduated with an architectural engineering degree. He joined the Air Force and served for 6 years. He returned to Conroe and worked with his dad in their construction company for many years. He then moved out to the Texas Hill Country and made his dream home in Hunt, Texas for the last 20 years. He was a very active member of the Lions club and Rotary club and made many contributions to the places where he lived.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jess Eugene and Elsie Elizabeth Watson. He leaves behind his loving wife and Soulmate, Marion; his children, Holly Pesterfield and Tyler Kern "TK" Watson, and Sarin Berry; his sister, Susan Waller and husband Drew; his grandchildren, Barrett, Braden, and Caroline Pesterfield; and his niece, Stephanie Sanders and husband Scott and their children, Reagan and GiGi who opened their home to Dick and Marion this past year with a place to call home. Also his extended family Jennifer Berry, Colin Berry and step grandchildren, Aurora Gale Berry, Bronwyn Raye Berry and Ronan Michael Berry, many cousins, nieces and nephews, and a wonderful aunt and uncle from Austin, and Houston. He had the chance to spend time with his first Great Grandson, Bryan Evan Weeks Berry. Bryan's father Clenton Weeks lives at Camp Watson and has helped take care of Dick and Marion for the past year and will continue to reside there with Bryan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MDAnderson Leukemia Department through www.mdanderson.org.

Dick's life was an adventure that never ended. He moved to Thailand while in the Air Force and lived for 2 years and then was in London, England for a year. He spent the following summer building in Ireland and never got over his love for those countries. Later in life he moved to St. Thomas, BVI and lived for several years. He learned to spear hunt for his dinner. Dick and Marion have traveled in Europe and the British Virgin Islands over the past 10 years and his life was filled with joy and love. He was a wonderful cook and enjoyed having his children home for large gatherings where preparing food was how he loved his family.

Dick's devotion to helping others became a full time adventure when he and Marion opened Archway Recovery Center Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Kerrville, Texas in 2007. Because of his continued commitment to recovery hundreds of men and women have recovered.

He opened and operated Watson Exports after leaving the Islands and continued to provide buildings that were safe in the storms for those he served. Like his buildings, Dick was a safe and sure harbor in any storm for those he loved. He loved to serve God and he loved to serve his fellows. He was generous and loving at all times and his children and wife were his greatest joys.

Dick was an avid hunter and waited every year for Bird Season to start. He and a group of other professional Christian men went bird hunting every Tuesday in September and October. He looked forward to this time with his fellow hunter/providers every year. The fellowship they shared and the meals they prepared in the field together and worship together filled his spirit with joy and serenity. He spent many years serving at the Hunt United Methodist Church and made lifelong friends there that he cherished.

The world has lost one of the great men of its time but Heaven has received one of God's favorite sons. You will be missed every day until we meet again. His next great adventure has begun and we know that he is trying to organize Heaven. He is telling St. Peter how to fix the gate at heaven's door to work more efficiently.

His favorite quote describes his life to the fullest: "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!" -Hunter S. Thompson-

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, 2 PM at Hunt United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Mike Cave. A reception will follow the service at the church.

The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.


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