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Watkins, Chaun Quentin (CQ) Xavier

TChaun Quentin (CQ) Xavier Watkins

1956 â€" 2016

Our beloved CQ passed away on Tuesday evening, March 1, 2016, after a brief, but fateful, battle with cancer.

Born in Wyandotte, Michigan, on December 13, 1956, with brief life stops in El Paso, TX, Tucson, AZ, & Farmington, NM, he settled in Albuquerque, his home for 30+ years.

In the final days, those gathered around him shared varying perceptions: he was the best: love of my life, brother, grandfather, friend, mentor, gunsmith, walking encyclopedia, coffee mate and "go to" guy for everything. Yet, all agreed: CQ was the common thread in so many lives he positively impacted over the years. He will be remembered for his trademark quick wit, sly grin, infectious laugh, penchant for storytelling & ability to "horse trade" for almost anything. CQ always seemed "larger than life"- in part, due to his 6'3" frame & booming voice â€" which was rarely raised except in storytelling, laughter, & to the occasional errant student mishandling a gun. He never met a stranger, loved his family, friends, pets, good coffee, books, guns, music & crossword puzzles (not necessarily in that order). His door was always open for cup of coffee, a meal, conversation, commiseration or celebration.

To name his close friends, gathered over so many years, would take up the entire page. Suffice it to say: he is survived by many people who loved him, including his one and only Joy Seabrooke, his stepdaughter Vanessa Kennedy, his granddaughter, Ellie, of Albuquerque, NM; his brother, Michael (Mickey) L. Watkins, nephew Jason Watkins, grand-niece and nephew, Julie and Matthew Boley, of Fort Worth, TX and the pets he loved: his dog, Izzy, and cat, Fu â€" who are in new homes.

He was a man of many talents: from his "horse farrier and cowboy days" in El Paso, to serving his country as a US Navy Sailor, from working at Cummins Diesel to working at Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, on to Forgemaster Iron, Inc. and ICAN Institute, Inc. During fire season, (BFPS Support Services), you could find him helping forest fire crews save the state he loved. Over the years, he privately contracted a wide variety of services to local businesses too numerous to mention. He found time to become a Journeyman Gunsmith, certified LEO armorer, NRA-certified for Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle, and Reloading. He would become a certified instructor in NM Concealed Carry, Unarmed Skills, Chemical Deterrent, and Expandable Baton. He was a world-class marksman. He served on the Albuquerque Press Club Board and was a Director, Member-at- Large, and authorized lobbyist for Zia Rifle and Pistol Club of NM.

But for many, he will be remembered as an entrepreneur, founding several small businesses in Albuquerque: Watkins Financial Services; CQW, PA and his final venture - for which he may be best remembered - Handgun Training Plus. He parlayed his experience, vast knowledge of firearms and human nature into the development of a proprietary training program â€" using natural movement and innate skills - to develop survival and self-defense firearms handling skills. Through this business, he became well-known to many in New Mexico's law enforcement agencies, as well as to hundreds of student graduates.

Although his time with us was much too short, the love he gave will carry through a lifetime.

Say not in grief that "he is no more" but say in thankfulness that "he was."

Please watch Facebook (CQ Watkins) for information about the upcoming Memorial Service.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 13, 2016
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