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Gerald Watson

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Gerald Glenn Watson

August 17, 1945 - September 25, 2012

Gerald (Jerry) passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. He loved life and made the most of every moment enjoying family, friends and nature. He is known for his sense of wit and humor and his love for children, particularly his seven grandsons.

Jerry was born and raised in Salem. He graduated from North Salem High School and attended Willamette University, receiving a bachelor's degree in political science and history. He continued his education in Florida and received a masters and doctorate in political science from the University of Florida and a law degree from the University of Colorado. He began his career in education as a professor of political science and taught at Winona State University, University of Northern Colorado and University of Portland. He left academia to practice law but later combined his education and experience by teaching for Willamette University Law School and serving as a supervising attorney for the Clinical Law Program and as Special Counsel to the Oregon Law Commission.

Jerry was highly involved in his community. He was elected to the Chemeketa Board of Education in 1991 and served until his passing, serving twice as board chair. On the National level he was twice elected to the Board of the Association of Community College Trustees, which represents community college throughout the United States and Canada. He served the Keizer City Council from 1993-1997.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Diane, daughter, Christy Bockmann and her family; son, Greg Watson and his family; and son, Matt Watson and his family. He is also survived by his brothers, Mike (Mary) Watson and Bob (Pam) Battin and sister, Kathy (Tony) Cunha. He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald D. Watson, mother Lucille (Watson) Battin and step-father, Charles Battin.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the First Christian Church (685 Marion St. NE). Donations in memory of Jerry can be made to the Jerry Watson Scholarship fund at Chemeketa Community College or the Jerry Watson Memorial fund at the First Christian Church. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Published in StatesmanJournal from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2012
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