L. Brent Watson

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Stonebriar Funeral Home and Cremation Services
10375 Preston Road
Frisco, TX

L. Brent Watson, a respected independent Geologist and resident of Midland, Texas for over 45 years died on November 17, 2013 in Frisco, Texas following a ten year battle with Parkinson's disease. A visitation will take place at Stonebriar Funeral Home located 10375 Preston Rd. Frisco, Texas 75034 on Sunday November 24th from 2pm-5pm. A memorial service in Midland, Texas will take place at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2801 N Garfield St. Midland, Texas 79705 on Friday November 29th at 2pm , with the Reverend Cheryl Homsher presiding, following a private family graveside service at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, Texas. Born in Gorman, Texas on June 9, 1936, Brent was the son of Frances and Lowell Watson. The Watsons moved to Fort Worth in 1940 when Brent was a young child and he graduated from Ft. Worth Polytechnic High School in 1954. He attended Texas Christian University, a college that he aspired to attend as a teenager. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Geology in 1959 and a Masters of Arts Degree in Geology in 1961. As a teenager, Brent rode a city bus from his home in the far east side of Ft. Worth to watch the TCU Horned Frogs play football, and he continued to be a dedicated fan throughout his entire life. Brent was a member of the TCU FROG CLUB for over 50 years and joined the Midland TCU Alumnae as soon as he moved to Midland, serving as President from 1983 to 1984. At this time he became an active member of the National TCU Alumnae Association, serving as President in 1990. In 1959, Brent married Sara Spector of Borger, Texas, whom he met while both were attending TCU. Following graduate school, his first job as a Geologist began in Amarillo, Texas with Sinclair Oil Co. In 1964, he was transferred to Roswell, New Mexico, and in 1965 moved to Midland. Soon after moving to Midland, he went to work for Continental Oil Co. In December, 1966, he began an 11 year relationship with Texas Oil and Gas Corporation during which he became their "District Geologist" in Midland. In 1975, Brent and his partner Jim Cox formed Watson and Cox Oil and Gas Co. and in 1990, Brent formed an independent company, Brent Watson Oil and Gas Investments. While living in Midland, he was an active member of both Covenant and later Grace Presbyterian Churches, serving as an Elder and member of several committees through the years. He was an active supporter of Miss Softball America from 1973 until 1977 when he was instrumental in organizing the United Girls Softball Association for girls 8-19 years of age. He was the National President of UGSA from 1977 through 1984. Because of these efforts, the Midland Downtown Optimist Club awarded him the "Friend of the Youth" award in 1975 and later Midland UGSA named the "Watson Field" in his honor. In 1982, Brent discovered the race horse business. This soon became his passion and he enjoyed years of learning the breeding and enjoyment of watching horse racing and attending horse auctions in Ruidoso, NM. Along with his partners, Bob Frazier and Deric Enis, he had many successes and proud moments. Brent was an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, West Texas Geological Society, and the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists. Brent was preceded in death by his parents, sister Kay Campbell and niece Kristy Van Wey. In addition to his wife of 54 years, Sara Spector Watson, Brent is survived by his daughters, Libby Crowley and her husband, Kent and Kari Bramer Hatfield and her husband, Chris. Five grandchildren, Neil Allen Crowley, Samuel Watson Crowley, Michael Brent Bramer, Meredith Marie Bramer, and Matthew Robert Bramer. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Dyson Campbell and brother-in-law, William Skoog and son-in-law Rob Bramer. The family wishes to thank the caregivers and the staff at Mabee Health Care in Midland, the caregivers and staff at The Lodge on Preston Ridge, and the Novus Hospice in Frisco, Texas. These facilities enabled Brent to lead a full and somewhat active life during his battle with Parkinson's disease. Memorials may be directed to the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas, P. O. Box 821174, Dallas, Texas 75382-1174 or the Midland Community Children's Clinic, 1101 E. Front Ave., Midland, Texas 79701.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Nov. 24, 2013
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