May 2, 1953 — Aug. 28, 2013
Leonard Watson entered into rest at home on Aug. 28, 2013.
He was born on May 2, 1953, to Cecil E. Watson and Wilma Jean Powers in Walla Walla. He attended Touchet High School, played football while attending; he graduated in 1972. During his high school years he worked for many farmers in Touchet and Gardena. He also worked on the family farm with his dad — feeding cows come rain, shine or snow. At the age of 19, he was hired at Boise Cascade box plant, where his brother Steve was working. He was employed there for 37 years, when he retired in 2009.
In January of 1976, his son Cory Lee Watson was born. In 1983, Leonard met Peggy Holway and in February 1992, they were married in Reno.
In 2006, they took the cows and bull to auction, sold the farm and moved to Walla Walla. Leonard was a great horse race fan from the age of 20 years old until his death. He recently returned from the horse races at Prinevillle and Tillmook, Ore. For decades he followed many of his friends and their horses wherever they were racing. He loved to go hunting and fishing; he would take his granddaughter Britany Watson fishing to enjoy time with her. Leonard enjoyed going to Wildhorse Casino. He also was a big supporter of the Touchet High School sports teams, Little League and Pony leagues. “Go Touchet Indians.” And last his favorite restaurant in Walla Walla was “Shari’s.” He had many friends and there was never a person he met whom he didn’t consider a friend.
Leonard is survived by his mother, Wilma Jean Watson; son, Cory (Nicole) Watson; step-daughter, Kara (Joseph) Ribar Jr.; brothers, Jerry Watson and Steve (Jani) Watson; sister, Linda Workman; aunts and uncles, Bill and Betty Lythgoe, Lynn Watson, Chet and Freida Powers, Clifford Hermanns; three grandchildren; special cousin, Albert Meyers; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He lived big, played hard and died quietly. “May God bless him in Heaven as He did on Earth.”
Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, 300 S.E. Myra Road, College Place, with Pastor Brad Henderson, officiant. Viewing and visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and to the Leonard Watson Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.