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Dr. Stephen Wayne Watson, of Granbury, Texas passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the age of 66.

Steve was born to parents Hoyt and Betty Watson on December 3, 1952 in Iowa Park, Tx. He grew up as the eldest of three and attended Iowa Park High School. Steve married his high school sweetheart, Karen George Watson, on May 17, 1975 and they celebrated a loving partnership for the remainder of Steve's life.

In 1975, Steve achieved his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, going on to achieve his D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1978. Steve devoted his life to medicine, founding Baylor's dual degree program, earning his M.D. in 1982 from University of Texas Southwestern and board certification in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in 1988.

Dr. Watson founded the Willowbend Cosmetic Surgery Center in Plano, Tx., employing over 20 staff members. One of his proudest achievements was being awarded the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery's 2001 Award for Best Scholarly Article in The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery.

Steve was very much devoted to community service, acting as an Admissions Coordinator for UT Southwestern, and as an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Medical Association and The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He partnered with UT Southwestern to develop a fellowship program, in which surgeons from all corners of the world would train & study under Steve for a full year at Willowbend.

Steve is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Lindsey; son, Zachary; sister, Sheila Gholson; and brother, Stanley Watson. In respect of Steve's asks & wishes, the family will be holding a private memorial at a later time. Steve requested that his ashes be returned to the earth in a few of his favorite places- Eagles Nest, New Mexico; Lake Texoma in Sherman, Texas; and, Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. Steve's family is very grateful for the condolences and support.

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Published in Star Local Media from Jul. 17 to Jul. 23, 2019.
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July 6, 2020
It was an honor to work with Steve, he taught me and guided me for 5 years.
I left his employ and went on to work with various professors of medicine.
Have been thinking of him lately, and that means their spirit is around you.
Kathleen McGinty
June 16, 2020
Hello Karen,
Contacted O'Dell about my retirement IRA and found out that Steve had passed in August. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope you and the family are doing well.
Kathleen McGinty
November 11, 2019
I was just told of Steve's passing. I am so deeply sad. I worked with Steve for many years as a dental consultant and we spent years working together. I am just so shocked that the medical and dental community has lost such a devoted man. If you have not already had a memorial I would love to help celebrate his life with his friends and family. My heart breaks for all of you.
Sherri Henderson Steenson
August 10, 2019
Steve and I were Freshman at Baylor together, great memories of him and those years as Baylor Football teammates. It brings me great sadness to see hear of his passing. What a super person, May God Bless all his family.

Jim Arnold
Austin Texas
Jim Arnold
August 1, 2019
So sad to hear about you passing. Karen my god comfort you during this time. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family! God Bless you!
Melissa Gonzalez
July 30, 2019
Belated , My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories and Gods promise to return your loved ones who passed away in death . 1 Thessalonians 4 : 13 &
Earnie Ray
July 27, 2019
Karen, we are so sad to learn of Steve's passing, please accept our sincere condolences to you and family. May time and fond memories ease your pain and sorrow. Will always have a special place in our hearts!
Becky and Odell
July 12, 2019
Mrs watson i am really sorry to read of your great loss my deepest condolences to you and your family may the words of ps 65 : 2 prove to be very comforting during this time of sorrow.
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