Rev. Orin Dale Watson
1919 - 2017
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Rev. Orin Dale Watson, 97, died Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Havenwood Heritage Heights, Concord, surrounded by his loving family.

Rev. Watson was born November 1, 1919 in Morrill, Nebraska, the son of John Jay and Zepha Velda (Lundy) Watson. He graduated from Morrill High School in 1937 and received a BA Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1949 and a BD degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois in 1952.

Rev. Watson worked as a ship fitter at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif. from January, 1941 to May, 1944. He served in the U. S. Navy from June, 1937 to October, 1940 and June, 1944 to January, 1946. He served as a ship fitter on the USS New Orleans (Heavy Cruiser), USS Colorado (Battlewagon) and the USS YRD#8 (part of a floating Dry Dock).

Rev. Watson began serving Methodist Churches in January, 1947 in Pauline, Nebraska while he was a sophomore in college. He served other churches in Nebraska, Washington State, Illinois and New Hampshire. He was ordained Deacon in October, 1951 and Elder in June, 1952 in the Methodist Church at Grand Island, Nebraska. In his ministry, he was certified as a Minister of Education serving churches in this capacity with memberships of 2200–2600. He retired from the United Methodist Church in June, 1985. He then served as the Pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Weirs Beach, N.H. from September, 1987 to July, 1993.

Rev. Watson was married to Lovetra Jane Hobbs on August 3, 1947 in Springfield, Missouri. Two daughters were born to this union, Harriet Lee Wilson born August 3, 1948 of Palm Bay, Florida and Lynne Haven Anthony, born May 9, 1952 of Evansville, Indiana. His wife, L. Jane Watson, died November 6, 1982 in Iowa City, Iowa. In July 4, 1986, Rev. Watson was married to Esther E. Clark at Geneva Point Center, Moultonborough, N.H.

After retirement, Rev. Watson became an accomplished woodworker and artist. His other hobbies included stamp collecting, counted cross stitching, needle point and crewel. Music was also important with him.

Rev. Watson is remembered for his energy and enthusiasm in preaching the Gospel and continued challenging of people in their faith. He was noted as saying many times "Pray and then put feet to your prayers".

Rev. Watson is survived by his two daughters; a sister, Naomi Staab, of Morrill, Nebraska; two grandsons, Jeremy Wilson of Palm Bay, Florida and Jason Wilson of Schenectady, N.Y.; five great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Mona Dore of Fernando, Florida and Myla Crouse of the Woodslands, Texas; one stepson, Miles Clark, of Northfield, N.H.; seventeen stepgrandchildren; five step great-grandchildren and eleven nieces and nephews. Three brothers, Ervin Watson, Gordon Watson and Lloyd Watson preceded him in death. A stepson, Mark Clark, and a stepgrandson also previously died.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. using the Carriage House entrance.

A funeral service will be held, Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton Street, Concord, N.H.

Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. at a later date.

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is in charge of the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to wilkinsonbeane.com.

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Published in Concord Monitor on Mar. 30, 2017.
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April 5, 2017
He truly put feet on his prayers--
Peace, my friend-
Marilyn Ives
April 4, 2017
Dear Family and Friends of Rev. Orin Dale Watson,
In memory of Orin, having enriched so many through his example, leadership and love, I send my deepest sympathy.
†Bishop Frank J. Beard
April 3, 2017
I am sorry to hear of Orin's passing. He and I served Grace United Methodist Church in Decatur, together. He as Minister of Education, and I as Organist and Minister of Music. He was a wonderful man and a good colleague and friend. My sincerest sympathy to all of his family. You shall be in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings
Duane Werner
April 1, 2017
I took my first bible study class after coming back to my faith with Rev. Watson. Such a faithful witness, such sage advice. My condolences to the family and to all who love him. I wrote the following poem after his sermon at Wesley on Romans 4:13-25 & Hebrews 11:1-10
based on his sermon, Hearing Faith, in 2007.

More than His Words v2

More than the words
written and treasured
the words of the reformed apostle,
shared with Jew and gentile,
were the testimony, the witness
of the living saint

Standing in the pulpit
this summer Sunday
Sharing a life of faith
woven with Paul's own
lessons for us all
in faith and service

More than his words
the testimony, this witness
sharing God's love
and how much he was given
sharing a life of faith
of serving the Kingdom

Standing in the pulpit
this summer Sunday
a living saint, faithful,
sharing God's message
Life everlasting
through the gate of Christ
Ray Foss
March 31, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to the family as God comforts.
Pastor Alecia Reeves Freeman & family @ Fisk Memorial UMC, Natick, MA
Alecia Freeman
March 30, 2017
One of Orin's paintings hangs in my living room, a boat sailing into the sunset. Orin, you have departed from these shores and arrived in God's safe harbor. May God bless you with eternal peace. I thank you for sharing your wisdom and wonderful sense of humor.

Blessings of comfort and peace to Orin's family.
Rev. Lori Eldredge
Lori Eldredge
March 30, 2017
One of Orin's paintings hangs in my living room, a boat sailing into the sunset. Orin, you have departed from these shores and arrived in God's safe harbor. May God bless you with eternal peace. I thank you for sharing your wisdom and wonderful sense of humor.

Blessings of comfort and peace to Orin's family.
Rev. Lori Eldredge
Lori Eldredge
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