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Our Superhero dad, Daniel Fred Watson, passed away on November 13, 2020 from complications of COVID-19 but his good humor, dedication to serve others, and willingness to work hard will live on in those who had the chance to know and love him. They will also remember his beautiful handlebar mustache.
Dan was born the oldest of 7 children on April 26th, 1947 to Harold (Tink) Watson and VeeVee LaJauana (Smith) Watson in Sandy, Utah. As a boy he enjoyed all things active and outdoors. His favorite activity was archery golf in the Dimple-Dell Ditch. His love for outdoor activities remained with him throughout his life. During the 60’s he discovered a love of cars, fast cars. He learned how to fix and modify them himself which provided years of enjoyment.
He fell in love with his eternal companion, Sally Jo Anderson when her family moved into his neighborhood in 1960. They dated through high school and just 6 weeks after returning from service in the Great Lakes Mission (1966-68) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints they were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple. By 1969, the U.S. government saw fit to use his services as a certified medical lab technician and drafted him into the Army. He raised his family in Savannah Georgia, Sandy and Orem Utah, and Pocatello and Shelley Idaho. He loved his kids but adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our dad could do anything. He built his first house, worked in healthcare, repaired motorcycles and cars, laid brick and block, built furniture and toys from wood, repaired everything, upheld the law, helped his friends and neighbors and loved deeply.
He taught his children to fish, shoot, hunt, camp, be self-sufficient, always give a full days work, show up to help others and most vitally, the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dad’s easy laugh, tender heart, bold personality and big smile endeared him to many lifelong, and short term, friends.
We thank the dedicated healthcare workers who attended to him so carefully in his last weeks of life.
He is preceded in death by his parents and baby sister and survived by his wife, Sally Jo, his children, Lon (Cecilia) of Idaho Falls, Leif (Teresa) of Shelley, Tyler (Jeannie) of Rexburg, Heath (Tina) of Shelley and Danielle of Salt Lake City, 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. Also, siblings Roger (Lisa), Terry, Brian (Tricia), VeeAnn (Scott) Crawford, and Philip (Brenda) as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Shelley 3rd/5th ward building (513 South Park Ave.) Saturday November 21st at 11 am. Interment will be at the Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery with Military Rites.
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Saturday, November 21, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm (Mountain time)
Shelley Third Ward Chapel
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