MSgt. Donald Watson - GoldTeam Captain 2013-2017
1945 - 4/21/2017
FMF WESPAC RVN, 1968 and 1969
DI San Diego 1St. Bn A Co, RTR, MCRD. 1970-72
Msgt. Donald Watson
USMC May 1964-May 1986 Retired
Semper Fi#1 Since July 2009
MSGT Donald Lloyd Watson, USMC ret
October 29, 1945 - April 21, 2017
Don Watson grew up in a small town in Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1964 and served in Vietnam earning numerous decorations including 2 Purple Hearts and the Air Medal with 4 stars. After 13 years in overseas assignments he returned to his primary specialty of Air Traffic Controller and concluded his 22-year career at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in 1986. He began his "second career" with Boeing Aircraft in 1988, again retiring after 20 years.
While Don was always available for a family member or friend who needed help with a project, he most enjoyed his time with the children in the family. Hiking, boating, travel and regular outings to the baseball game were the highlights of a well-earned retirement. Yet, even in retirement, Don remained committed to his military duties. He belonged to the Semper Fi #1 Memorial Honor Detail, operating at Riverside National Cemetery, where he regularly participated in burial ceremonies for fallen American servicemen from all military branches.
Although he resided in California for over 30 years, Don never lost touch with his Kentucky roots. He made regular visits to his home state where he maintained a close and life-long relationship with his cousins, their families, and his step-father Gene. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his daughter Gina, his son Bill, his step-son Ian, and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Don Watson led a full, active, and honorable life and will be missed by all who knew him. His final services will be held at The Riverside National Cemetery on Saturday, May 27th at 11:00am.
Photos from Don's service courtesy Stacy Lobato (C) 2017 all rights reserved
In accordance with his wishes, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Semper Fi #1
c/o Mac McClain at 16130 Red Pony Lane, Riverside, CA 92504.