Charles Watt


Passed away at 12:27 am Friday morning, January 3, 2014. His children, son Brady and wife Sarah, daughter Wende and son Ryan were at his bedside. Chuc was 90, born July 20, 1923.

Chuc Watt was born in Santa Monica. He grew up with his family in Hollywood, delivered newspapers on his bike in the Hollywood Hills, and attended Hollywood High School while working part time at a gas station on nearby Sunset Blvd. His mother, of French descent, passed away young when Chuc was just 19. He went to work at North American Aviation in the "tool crib" as a machinist. He was soon drafted serving in the Army Air Corps (before Air Force was a branch of the military). Upon his Honorable Discharge he began a career in the Building business, attaining his General Contractors License October 28, 1946. He is considered a legendary home builder and the "Chuc Watt" home today still brings a premium as real estate agents will attest. He pioneered the open kitchen/family room design which is a standard in today's home construction.

Since he was young, and throughout his life, he collected stamps and he became a legendary philatelist. His high standards for quality produced one of the outstanding, recognized private stamp collections in the United States; material collected varies from international stamps, to colonies, territories and commonwealth. Also, one of the exhaustive United States collections, almost all mint. His collections also include extensive revenues, first day covers, duck stamps, plate blocks, etc. His stamp collecting was a hobby and a lifetime passion. As he traveled the world for recreation he would always be on the lookout, purchasing stamps in Belgium, England, France, Germany, etc.

In addition to his contracting business and collecting stamps he enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. He also managed to find time to develop his skill as a golfer. He hovered around scratch to 2 handicap for over 30 years. He was a member of Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake for over 40 years. In addition to winning many amateur tournaments; he was Lakeside's Golf Club Champion three times.

Chuc Watt was survived by his children Brady, Wende, Ryan; also 4 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, and his French relatives living in Normandy, France.

Memorial Services will be held on January 18, 2014, 11:00am, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA. Reception will be announced at the Memorial Service.

Funeral Home

Hollywood Forever Funeral Home & Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 469-1181

Published in Los Angeles Daily News from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2014