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May 5, 1960 – Jul 22, 2009 (Age 49)
A loving husband and special Dad, Mark Watson was truly devoted to his family. Whether it was showing his sons, Matt and Josh, the skills of carpentry, playing basketball, hunting and fishing, taking family vacation trips or simply enjoying garage sales and the Farmer’s Market with Debbie, Mark enjoyed every minute of life.
In the arms of Debbie, Matt and Josh, Mark passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 22, 2009.
He was born May 5, 1960 in Norton, Kansas to Gary and Bertha (Campbell) Watson.
Mark had an insatiable appetite for learning. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas and a devout Jayhawk fan. Always with a fascination of weather, Mark began his career with a degree in Meteorology. Later he decided his passion was in teaching and continued his education at the University of Kansas. That is where he met his future wife, Debbie Franz. They were married on July 25, 1987 in Lawrence, Kansas.
Mark had been President and Headmaster at Maur Hill Prep School in Atchinson, KS. There he received his Masters in Education at Benedictine College.
For the past eleven years, Mark was president of Newman Catholic Schools, Wausau and was presently working on his doctorate through Edgewood College. Not only was Mark involved in Newman Catholic Education, he also was an active member of the Wausau Rotary Club and past board member of the Wausau Conservatory of Music.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie of Wausau, two sons, Matt and Josh at home, his parents, Gary and Bertha Watson of Lawrence, KS, one brother, Doug (Sharon) Watson of Lyndon, KS, two sisters, Cherrie (Mark) Preut of Nortonville, KS and Tammy Watson of Lawrence, KS., father-in-law, Rudolph (Patricia) Franz of Shawnee, KS, three sisters-in-law, Therese (Dav) Riley of Shawnee, KS, Rebecca (Eric) Peterson of Castle Rock, CO, Wendi Coffman of Olathe, KS and nieces and nephews.
The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2009 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Wausau. Father William Grevatch will officiate. Burial will be in Lawrence, KS. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.
A memorial fund has been established for Matt and Josh. Contributions should be made payable to the “Watson Family Education Fund”, c/o Newman Catholic Schools, 619 Stark St., Wausau, 54403 or may be sent to any People’s State Bank location in Wausau