Donald Gale Watson was born June 24, 1938 to Marvin and Stella (Reeves) Watson in Caledonia, Missouri and passed away June 28, 2019 at the age of 81 years.
As a young boy Don grew up near Benton Creek and attended school in St. James, Missouri. He accepted the Lord as his Savior in his early 40’s at Calvary Temple Church and then followed in baptism in a local river.
November 1955 Don entered the United States Army and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge in November 1958.
Don married Irene Treece, on May 4, 1957 in Vienna, Missouri. Together they shared 62 years of marriage.
Don worked hard to provide for his family. He had various jobs through the years to include: truck driving, timber work, sawmill work and work in the salvage yards. He eventually retired as a Machinist in Cuba, Missouri.
In his spare time, Don enjoyed being outdoors. He loved to work on his farm where he raised cows, chickens and pigs. You could also find him by the waters fishing for crappie and catfish. In his early years, he did enjoy hunting until his wife started trophy hunting and eventually out did him. They made several memories camping at Pomme de Terre Lake and at Land Between the Lakes.
Don was also the author of a book called “Rhythm Of The Road”. A true story about his life as a young boy. He was 80 years old at the time the book was printed.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Watson of the home in St. James, Missouri; children, Debbie Gregory of Pensacola, Florida, Wanda Watson of Navarre, Florida, Brenda Pollard and husband David of Salem, Missouri, Dillard Watson and wife Mandy of Salem, Missouri, Anna Martin and husband Richard of St. James, Missouri, Colleen Watz and husband Derek of Pacific, Missouri; one sister, Minnie Jordan of Salem, Missouri; one brother, Oscar “Bud” Watson of Eldon, Missouri; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Stella Watson; son, Don Watson Jr.; grandson, Chris Pollard; great granddaughter, Emma Casey; and aunt, Fanny Hurt, whom Don was raised by.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at noon on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel with Pastor Jimmy Lewis and Pastor Mike Cronk officiating. Song selections played were “Grandpa, Tell Me Bout The Good Old Days,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “When I Get Where I’m Going” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.”
Pallbearers were Donald Watson, Matthew Pollard, David Payne, Eric Ayers, Robbie Payne, Shawn Pollard, Ben Martin and Aaron Pollard. Honorary pallbearers were Joey Alexander and Michael Alexander.
Burial with military honors was in the Asher Cemetery of St. James, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of Wilson Mortuary of Salem, Missouri.