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JAMES DENNIS WATSON, III USN Ret. Chief James "Patches" Dennis Watson, III, 76, of Vero Beach, FL passed away
on October 26, 2013 at Indian River Medical Center. He was born March 9, 1937 in Jersey City, NJ and had been a resident of Vero Beach for over 10 years, coming from Columbus, IN. Mr. Watson retired from the United States Navy where he served as a Navy Seal and was the original plank owner of SEAL Team 2. He was a member of the American Legion Post #39, Vero Beach and also served as a Mason and Shriner. Mr. Watson was the former Curator Emeritus of the UDT Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce and was the author of numerous books including "Point Man" and "Walking Point". He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda McDonald Watson; children, James Dennis, IV, wife, Jeanette of Fredericksburg, VA, Angel Atkins, husband, Wayne of Park Ridge, NJ, Pat Parte, husband Bob of Goodview, VA, Jean Swayze, husband, LaRue of Margate, FL, and Samantha Armstrong, husband, David of Staunton, VA; step-children that he loved like his own, Jera, Jeff, Gina, Dan, Jeannie, Jonne, Tracy and Nicky; brother, Robert, wife, Pat of Jasper, FL; sister, Joyce Massie, husband, Michael of Highland, CA; 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Bud and Ann; son, Joey and great granddaughter, Taylor Ann. A Celebration of Life will be held after the Seal Team muster demonstration on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Little Jim's Bridge, Ft. Pierce. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jera Payton for the ongoing care of Linda Watson, 2546 Granada Ave Apt B, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or to the UDT Navy Seal Museum, Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach. An online guest book may be signed at

Published in the TC Palm on Oct. 30, 2013
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