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WATSON HUNTER BROOKS WATSON (Age 20) Died on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in Dover, Delaware, due to injuries suffered in an automobile collision. Hunter was a passenger in one of two vehicles involved and although wearing his seat belt, died at the scene. Hunter was a rising junior at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology, and was spending summer with his family in McLean, Virginia. He was employed as a lifeguard as well as working on potential ventures in the area of predictive analytics. Hunter was born in Fairfax County on September 18,1995 to Judith Z. (Brooks) Watson and Jerry C. Watson. He graduated from The Potomac School in McLean in 2014 as a "lifer", attending the school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Hunter hoped to enter the field of data analytics ("big data") after graduation. He became interested in computers, internet technology and related areas at an early age and continually experimented with ideas for web-based businesses. In addition to his interest in technology, Hunter was passionate and knowledgeable about music, and enjoyed a broad spectrum of genres, both as a listener and a performer. He sang and played a number of instruments and wrote and recorded original work until shortly before his death. In 2006, 10-year old Hunter formed the Black Out Band and the music video for the song "Video Games" became a YouTube hit, earning over 5 million views. Hunter intended the song and video to poke fun at affluent, zombie-like kids hooked on video games and felt it was misunderstood by many critics. The Black Out Band did not record further albums but the experience left Hunter with a love for making videos and performing. He planned to try out stand up comedy at open mike nights at local clubs this summer and was also writing a script for a short comedy film he wanted to produce. Hunter was a passionate athlete and sports enthusiast, and participated in wrestling, baseball, and football on community teams and at the Potomac School and at Syracuse. He was a fan of soccer and loved to play informally, although his interest developed too late for a high school career. He enjoyed following University of Alabama football, and attended several games a year with his father, a graduate of the University. At Syracuse, Hunter pledged the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, following his father who was a founding member of its chapter at the University of Alabama. Hunter was the grandson of noted designer Theodore R. Zeigler of Alexandria, VA, who invented the first folding geodesic dome and founded Virginia-based companies Nomadic Display, Inc. and World Shelters, Inc. to produce his popular Instand line of pop-up exhibits and a range of emergency shelters widely used by government agencies around the world. Hunter is also survived by his parents and one sibling, Theodore (Teddy) William Watson, 25, NYU Class of 2016; his aunt Connie (Zeigler) Thomasson (husband Mike); and cousins Denise Fruik (husband Chris); Emma Campbell (husband Dana); Elaina Fruik and Ryan Fruik. A service and reception to celebrate Hunter Watson''s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 9, 2016 at The Potomac School, 1301 Potomac School Road, McLean, VA. 22101, and is open to all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fund for Potomac School; the Longleaf Alliance for forest conservation or the charity of your choice.

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Published in The Washington Post on Jul. 6, 2016.
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September 14, 2016
Hunter was but a lad when I last saw him. Will miss him and his family. Deepest Sorrow for all who touched his life. Uncle Larry, Las Cruces.
Larry Brooks
July 19, 2016
My deepest condolences for a vivid, talented life cut short.
Greg Talovich
July 17, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear this. My deepest consolations to his family and friends.
Marlene Zeigler
July 6, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to Watson's family. May the thoughts and prayers of family, friends and neighbors, comfort and support you. And may God grant you strength as the days pass. Psalms 46:1
S. W.
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