Tony David Watkin
1936 - 2017
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Tony David Watkin
March 26, 1936 - September 5, 2017
Walnut Creek
Born in Calgary Alberta, Tony grew up in nearby Turner Valley where he enjoyed playing ice hockey on frozen lakes with his friends. Tony came to the United States to attend Rice University in Houston, where he played on the baseball and golf teams and obtained a degree in mechanical engineering. That is where he met the love of his life Dorothy (Draper), who he was married to for the next 60 years. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning an additional degree in aeronautical engineering.
Tony accepted a job as an engineer with Daniel Industries, became an American citizen, and the couple started a family in Houston with 3 children. Tony then accepted a transfer out to California where his love for the outdoors flourished and the family settled down in Martinez for the next 25 years. As empty nesters, they moved to Danville where they were golf and tennis members of Crow Canyon Country Club, before moving to Rossmoor in 2008.
Tony was the ultimate outdoorsman, who enjoyed a variety of activities which included golf, tennis, hiking, softball, skiing, cycling and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a fan of all Bay Area sports teams. His real passion was mountain climbing, and he traveled all over the world seeking out climbing challenges. He participated in climbing expeditions in Nepal, China, and Bolivia, among others. He knew just about every inch of the Sierras as well as the Canadian Rockies, Yosemite and Mt. Diablo, and had climbed the highest 100 peaks in the state of California.
He was proceeded in death by his parents Walter and Gertrude Watkin, and his son Wayne. Tony is survived by his wife Dorothy; daughter Julie (Robert) Morbidelli of Alameda, their children Rachel, Olivia, Catrina and Dominic; son Steve (Julie) Watkin of San Ramon, and their children Elizabeth, Brian and Katie; sister Jill Denison of Vancouver, BC, and her children Michael, Chris and Jennifer and their families.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, September 12th at 5:00 at the Stanley Dollar Clubhouse in Rossmoor, 1015 Stanley Dollar Drive.


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Published in East Bay Times on Sep. 9, 2017.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Celebration of Life
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October 3, 2017
Laid Back
October 3, 2017
2017 Denison Visit
October 3, 2017
Tony & Jill
October 3, 2017
Downey Street
October 3, 2017
Pong & Jungle
October 3, 2017
Family Photo 2017
October 3, 2017
Oregon for Christmas
October 3, 2017
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Family Photo 2011
October 3, 2017
Family Photo 1966
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Jennifer's Wedding 1998
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Family Photo 1977
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Blowing out the Cake
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Julie's Rehearsal Dinner with Kay & Berne
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Chris' Wedding
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
On top of Mt. St. Helens 1974, Rainier in background
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Family Photo 1994
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Mt. Shasta 1982
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Marine World 1974
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
Mt. St. Helens 1974
Steve Watkin
October 3, 2017
October 3, 2017
Steve Watkin
September 12, 2017
September 12, 2017
China River Crossing - What a cowboy!!!
Brock Wagstaff
September 12, 2017
China 1986
Brock Wagstaff
September 12, 2017
sandi Hunt
September 12, 2017
Tony was a special neighbor and friend....I could never out hike him and I will always remember the lovely trails and peaks that he and I would hike! Tony knew that I loved wildflowers so he introduced me to the summit at little Yosemite, although he had to wait for me at the top as I struggled to hike up the hill, he understood and congratulated me when I reached the top! It was so beautiful!
My husband and I have also enjoyed an occasional pub crawl and lunch outings over the past 20 years with he and Dorothy.

Rest in blissful Peace my friend...I will miss Tony.
My sincere condolences to Dorothy and the family.

With deep sympathy,
Your friend Sandi Hunt
Sandi Hunt Morgan
September 11, 2017
Corkscrew Pk Dec 2012
Jay McCubbrey
September 10, 2017
Will miss you Tony, from our days in High school.All the times we at various OIL shows,sking Banff, Tahoe.

All our condolences to Dorothy and family
Bob Culbert
September 10, 2017
Enjoyed playing softball with Tony for many years with the Crows team in Danville. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed. John Bush
John Bush
September 9, 2017
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