August 11, 1922 - June 25, 2013
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Robert C. Watson, M.D., 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Fallbrook. He was born on August 11, 1922, in Williams, Arizona, the only child of Roy Watson and Mamie Alcorn Watson. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janet; children: Robert Jr. (Debra), Beth, Mari, and Becky (Max); grandchildren: Rob (Christy), Kyle (Kris), Danielle (Damon), Meghan (Bill), Ben, Ian, and Claire (Mike); great-grandchildren: Conner, Lleyton, Kaya, Logan, Isla, Sophie, and Morgan; niece, Sharon Wright; and nephew, Greg Marks. He was preceded in death by his beloved granddaughter, Hayley Watson. Robert graduated from Pomona College and Northwestern University Medical School. He moved to Woodland Hills and established a family practice there that lasted for 40 years. His professional accomplishments included: Chief of Staff at Valley Presbyterian Hospital; clinical faculty member of the UCLA Department of Family Medicine; and diplomate of the American Academy of Family Practice. He served his community in Kiwanis Club, the Civil Defense program, and Sunrise Little League. Robert retired in 1989, moving to Fallbrook, where he enjoyed life on the avocado ranch he and Janet built. He was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church. He was an avid golfer, gardener, crossword puzzler, reader, pianist, watercolor painter, and world traveler. He led a life of outstanding service and productivity, apart from being a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. His entire family will treasure their memories of this remarkable, generous, loving man.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 7, 2013