Craig N.-Watson-Obituary

Lance Cpl. Craig N. Watson

Union City, Michigan

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As Craig N. Watson's math and physical-education teacher - not to mention head football coach - Eric Tundevold got a good look at his former student. "He could be prankster. He grinned a lot. And if he got in trouble, he''d take it pretty good. He'd say, ''Yeah, I did that. I'm sorry.'' Now, a lot of us are sorry," Tundevold said. Watson, 21, of Union City, Mich., was killed Dec. 1 by an explosive in Fallujah. He was assigned to Twentynine Palms and was on his second tour, having shipped out within three weeks of graduating in 2003. "He was my hero - a practical joker, a protector. He could be ornery at times, but he smiled a lot too," said his mother, Shirley Watson. Watson's father, Jay Watson, lives in Caro. "He was a very sweet boy. But he'd wrestle kids 100 pounds more than him because he was all heart and he was so team-oriented," said Michele Kaniewski, a school library clerk. His brother Brad, 20, recalled Watson playing defensive tackle to his linebacker on the football team. In sports and in his military service, Brad said, his older brother never shrank from a challenge. "I actually look up to him for having the courage to do stuff."

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I have been thinking about Craig this year as we approach Veteran's Day. I miss you Craig. I am grateful for your sacrifice and for your friendship. May God bless you Sandy and the rest of his family.

As a Michigan native, I was drawn to your story nine years ago. Was heartbreaking then to hear/ think about and still is today. Sincere thoughts/prayers to your family

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May God bless you, and keep you in His peace

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We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Watson Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. ...