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In Memory of

Robert Frank Watson

February 2, 1931 - October 5, 2016

Obituary


Robert Frank Watson passed away Wednesday October 5 in Twin Falls, Idaho at 85 years of age. His wife Joan Watson was at his side.

Known to his family and friends as Bob, he was born in Pocatello, Idaho as Gerald Marsh Boden and legally adopted into the Frank Follett and Mabel (Hansen) Watson family at age 13. His childhood and teenage years were spent in the Oakley, Burley, and Rupert Idaho area at a time when heavy farm work, hoeing sugar beets, and swimming in canals was a way of life.

Robert Frank Watson passed away Wednesday October 5 in Twin Falls, Idaho at 85 years of age. His wife Joan Watson was at his side.

Known to his family and friends as Bob, he was born in Pocatello, Idaho as Gerald Marsh Boden and legally adopted into the Frank Follett and Mabel (Hansen) Watson family at age 13. His childhood and teenage years were spent in the Oakley, Burley, and Rupert Idaho area at a time when heavy farm work, hoeing sugar beets, and swimming in canals was a way of life.

At 21, Bob served a proselytizing mission in Stockholm, Sweden for the LDS church. On his return, he joined the US Army and served during the Korean conflict in the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion. During basic training in Fort Ord, California he met and became engaged to Joan Ward. After returning from active duty, they were married in the Salt Lake LDS temple in Utah March 26, 1956. They returned to California where Bob was employed as a heavy equipment operator grading fields and orchards. Their first major purchase as a couple was one of the first VW bugs sold in the United States.

Bob graduated from Fresno State College with a degree in education and he achieved a Masters from University of California Davis in agriculture. He taught and led the agriculture programs at Corning and Willows High School in California winning excellent teacher awards and scholarships. He went on to specialize in horticulture and opened the first high school horticulture program in Oregon. The program drew students from three metropolitan high schools Aloha, Beaverton, and Sunset. Several of his students became leaders in the landscape industry in Oregon.

Bob loved to fly planes and achieved his commercial pilot's license. His described flying as a joy and looking down over vast areas made him "feel like a king".
Bob had a beautiful baritone singing voice and participated in many choirs. He was a master gardener with a love for trees and perennials in naturally contouring beds. He served a second mission with his wife for the LDS church at the Polynesian Culture Center in Hawaii helping to maintain the landscape.
Bob battled Alzheimer's for the last 8 years of his life but remained faithful in church service as much as he was able, and while his gardening abilities diminished, you would find him in the yard most days pulling weeds, pruning, or mowing.

Bob is survived by his wife Joan, six of his seven children, eighteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his adoptive parents Frank and Mabel, his sisters Beverly McClelland and Shirley Marvis Osterhout, and his son Warrick Robertson Watson (born as Richard Frank Watson).
A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 11 AM at the LDS North Point Ward chapel 1134 N College Rd W, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301 with a viewing from 10 to 10:45 am prior to the service.

Interment will be later that day with family at the Sunny Cedar Rest Cemetery in Almo, Idaho.

Funeral coordination is being handled by White Mortuary 136 4th Ave E, Twin Falls, ID 83303. 208-733-6600

While Bob loved flowers, he expressed that the needs of others are greater. Please feel free to donate to your favorite charity in lieu of sending flowers.