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Richard E. Watkins Jr.


1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Richard E. Watkins Jr. Obituary
August 6, 1932 - February 17, 2017 Here's to you "Big Guy"! Though not large in stature - you were in presence. You commanded respect and returned the honor - a man of few words but a generous heart, loving and loyal to the core. You were born in Long Beach, graduated from Huntington Beach High School, enlisted in the USAF for the Korean War and became a F-86 jet pilot. You then joined an independent insurance adjusting firm that over the years became Gaebel, Watkins & Taylor, a prominent company in the Entertainment Business with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto, New York, to name a few. In your spare time, you discovered a love for sailing and joined Long Beach Yacht Club. It became your second home for over 50 years. Other favorite things included: USC Football, beachside vacations in Balboa, romantic getaways to Mexican resorts, playing pool at Joe Josts, Jimmy Buffet concerts, martinis, cigars... not necessarily in that order. Yours was a life well lived. Thank you for taking us along on your grand adventure. With aching hearts we say good-bye. Slainte! Pat, Sharon, Laura, Kristin, Kellie, Kaitlin, Hailey and Jaxyn.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 25, 2017
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