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Jack Thomsen Watterson

Born: 8/3/1928, Ferron, Utah
Death: 1/8/2015, Moab, Utah
Service: 01/17/2015, 11:00 am, John Wesley Powell Museum
Interment: 01/17/2015, 3:00 pm, , Sunset Memorial Gardens

Jack Thomsen Watterson, age 86, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, January 8, 2015. Jack was born August 3, 1928 in Ferron, Utah to Charles Wayne and Pernellie Thompson Watterson. Jack was the second of five children. He had one brother, Charles, and three sisters, Evaleen, Donna, and Barbara.

On June 19, 1953 he married the love of his life, Verna Martineau. To this union was born twelve children: James(Linda) Watterson, Jaclynne(Randy) Nelson, Mark(Jeanne) Watterson, Kathy(Gary) Miner, Diane(Will) Davis, Jay(Dee Dee) Watterson, Bill(Beth Ann) Watterson, Tamara(Jeff) Walston, Ruth Ann(Bo) Wareham, Ron Watterson, Kenny Watterson, Tom(Sue) Watterson.

Jack served in the Military during the Korean Conflict in the Armed Services in Special Services, from 1952 – 1954.

Jack loved his family and loved spending time with them. Jack loved the desert and he and Verna spent many hours exploring. Jack and Verna were inseparable during the last 20 years of their 61 years together.

Jack’s first job was working on the signal gang on the Rail Road. During his working years he worked a variety of jobs from trucking, to mining, to farming, to working as custodian at the Green River High School and John Wesley Powell Museum. He was always known to have a good work ethic and respected by those who worked with and for him.

He is survived by his wife, Verna, 9 children, 37 grandchildren, and 36 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Charles, 3 sisters, Evaleen, Donna, and Barbara, 3 sons, James, Bill, and Kenny, son-in-law, Gary Miner, granddaughter, Melissa Powell and grandson, Cole Watterson.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah at 11am. Interment will be at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Moab, Utah at 3:00 pm on January 17th.

The Family would like to thank those who have shown their love and compassion to us at this difficult time. We would especially like to acknowledge the hospice nurses, caregivers, home health aides for their kind and loving service.


1/13/2015 - I want to send my love to Verna and the Watterson family. I pray that the Lord will bless you at this difficult time. I was a teenager when I first met Jack, and I remember his kindness. He always had a smile for me, and was always very friendly. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am happy that he gets to be with Bill and Cole; I am sure that the reunion was wonderful. God bless you all. - Kraig Lords

1/13/2015 - I first met Jack on Jan. 23, 1951 in Buffalo. NY. being assigned as a Greenie Missionary in the Eastern States Mission of the LDS Church. I was assigned as Elder Watterson's companion to serve in Warsaw, NY. He had a car which burned about a gallon of oil per tank full of gas. I had a strong and very favorable impression of Jack and of Warsaw and recorded in my journal how happy I was. We served together until May 8th when Jack was called to be the Supervising Elder of the Cumorah District. On Nov. 1st he reassigned me to be his companion until Jan 1, 1952. I was with him again on Jan. 21,1952 when he was released from his mission and I was called to succeed him as the Supervising Elder. I loved Jack as a person and as a dedicated humble missionary. My wife, LaPrele, and I had a wonderful visit with him and Verna about 3 1/2 years ago at their home in Moab. We wish Verna and the family the very best in the years to come. You have our sympathy. Love, Richard and LaPrele Sumsion - Richard G. Sumsion

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