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Frank Sullivan Watson

1918 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Frank Sullivan Watson Obituary
Watson, Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan Watson, 97, died May 2016, at home in Las Cruces, NM. Born in Hillsboro, Texas in October 1918 to Sam and Avis Watson. He had three older brothers, Leon, Troy and Terrell. He was married to the former Etoile Roach. She preceded him in death in 2010. They were married for 67 years.

Frank resided in Las Cruces since 2009. Prior to moving to Las Cruces, he lived in Albuquerque for 64 years. He moved to Albuquerque with his wife, after separating from the Army Air Corp in 1945. His decorations included: The Distinguished Flying Cross and 4 Air Medals.

After leaving the military in 1945, he took a job in the Civil Aeronautics Administration later known as the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) as an Air Traffic Controller. He worked for the FAA in Albuquerque until his retirement in 1974. During that time, he was involved with the beginning of operations for the initial radar control system at the Albuquerque Air Traffic Control Center.

Frank was a founding member of Sombra del Monte Church in Albuquerque where he held numerous positions including Deacon and Treasurer.

After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and became an avid member of the Chaparral Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association. They attended rallies and gatherings throughout the US. He was an Honorary Life Member and President of the Chaparral Chapter.

He will be interred with military honors in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

His son, Steve, his wife Debby and grandson John, survives him.

A memorial service will be held on June 2, 2016 10am at Sombra del Monte Christian Church, 2525 Vermont Street NE Albuquerque, NM 87110.

He was married to the former Etoile Roach in 1943. She preceded him in death in 2010. They were married for 67 years.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 29, 2016
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