John Graham Watts

John Watts, born May 2, 1929, left this life and entered into God's rest on January 12, 2015. John was born in Evanston, Illinois and spent his early years in Chicago, Chile and Southern California. He spent his teen years in Virginia, Southern California, and Montana working on his brother- in-law's ranch; he was proud to be a cowboy and a close friend to many in the Crow Nation. During the Korean War, he served as a Navy corpsman in San Diego. He met the love of his life Patricia Hendrickson in 1950; she was a junior in high school and he a 21-year-old sailor! She introduced him to the one that changed his life forever - Jesus Christ. They were married on October 4, 1952 and were inseparable; together they raised three children as they moved from being students at Grace College and Seminary, to pastoring a church together, to different ministry roles with The Navigators and finally to Westmont College where they worked together in the office of College Advancement.

John dedicated his life to serving others. He loved his family passionately. He served his friends deeply and took the initiative to make new friends daily. Known as "Watt Dad" to so many of his "kids," he always made it a point to encourage and pray for them. He loved sharing his passion for sports, his kids and grandkids, fishing, the forests, and mountains? Oh and his sense of humor! He was mischievous, loved good practical jokes and hilarious stories; he was always the life of the party.

Our hearts are broken for our loss but joyful because he is with our Lord. He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Patty, son and daughter-in-law Bruce Watts and Jennifer Boteilho, daughter and son-in-law Kathi and Dan Walker, daughter and son-in-law Vicki and Richard Cope, ten grandchildren (Hanna (fiancé Cody), Carisa (husband Ryan), Brandon, Gloria, Hannah, Kira, Isaiah, Rebekah, Noah and Johnny), his sister Henny Davies and several nieces and nephews. Our lives are forever changed and blessed by his imprint on our lives.

A service to celebrate his life is planned for 2PM, Saturday, January 24 at Santa Barbara Community Church.

Donations in John's honor may be made to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Westmont College or Mount Hermon.

Published by Santa Barbara News-Press from Jan. 18 to Jan. 22, 2015.
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It was a privilege to work with John at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. He left us way too soon and is missed.
Scott Wilson
January 24, 2019
John was an inspiration in my life. A wonderful mentor, colleague, and dear friend he lived his life always consistent with God's wish. His positive impact on so many and in such significant ways will always be remembered. Sue and I extend our sympathies to Patty. Her loss is ours as well.
Ed Birch
January 24, 2015
John was a wonderful mentor and influenced me greatly. He was always able to guide and encourage me. I thank God for the example that he was for so many and for his servant heart.
Joe Woody
January 23, 2015
A true gentleman. His love and service to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission inspired me.
Scott N Wilson
January 20, 2015
Our Heart breaks with the loss of this wonderful Godly man who was a gift to all of us who knew him. A kind loving man with the patience of Job. We were honored to have him officiate our wedding in Cambria, CA. God Bless Patty & the family. All our love & prayers, Guy & Leah Greene
January 20, 2015
I love this man .I am sad that I will never see his bright smile again.Iv known John for the last 13 years he was one of my favorite customers at Hughes automobile co.he never brought his cars in without bringing us doughnuts. He brought a smile to my face when I saw him .He will forever make my heart happy .Im glad I was lucky enough to meet this man and hear his stories .you will be missed John.
Wendy Mustain
January 19, 2015
The man was our neighbor. One of the nicest I have ever met. I will miss seeing him on his daily walk.
Tom Jordan
January 18, 2015
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