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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.

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