John Thomas Watts
1929 - 2020
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September 14, 1929 ˜ June 18,

Mr. John Thomas Watts of Washougal, Washington, passed away at home surrounded by his wife and children on June 18, 2020 at the age of 90.
John was born on September 14, 1929 in Meridian, Mississippi. His parents, James and Mary Watts, moved John and his two brothers and sister to Clatskanie, Oregon when he was 15 years old. John graduated from Clatskanie High School in 1947.
In 1948, John married his high school sweetheart, Imogene Johnson and began working as a journeyman plumber in Meridian, Mississippi. Over the years, John’s family o four boys and three girls lived in Clatskanie, Oregon, South Bend, Washington, Meridian, Mississippi and Winslow, Arizona before settling in Washougal, Washington in 1971.
John attended St. Thomas Catholic Church in Camas and was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time John enjoyed woodworking, bowling and was an honorary life member of Orchard Hills Country Club in Washougal. John was an avid private pilot with an instrument rating and was accompanied by Imogene on numerous cross-country trips.
John operated a plumbing shop in Washougal for 14 years and all of his sons followed him into the plumbing trade. Following the plumbing business, John served as an inspector and plans examiner for several local jurisdictions. John spent considerable time during his career educating journeyman plumbers and conducting certification seminars throughout the United States.
John will be loved and missed by his surviving wife of 71 years, Imogene; sons, Mike (Jill), Tom (Sharon), Rick (Suzanne) and Roger (Julie); daughters, Teresa (Chip), Shelley (Greg) and Loretta (Ed); brother, Henry Watts (Arlene) of Winslow, Arizona; sister, Mary Kay Green of South Bend, Washington; 24 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James.
John had a great deal of pride in his wife and family.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted at a later date due to Covid19 restrictions.
Condolences can be sent to PO Box 186, Washougal, WA 98671.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 10, 2020
May the love of your family & friends help carry you through this difficult time.
Mary Liddle
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