Mr. John Thomas Watts of Washougal, WA, passed away at home surrounded
by wife and children on June 18, 2020 at the age of 90.
John was born on September 14, 1929 in Meridian, Mississippi. His parents,
James and Mary Watts, moved John and his two brothers and sister to
Clatskanie, Oregon when he was 15 years old. John graduated from Clatskanie
High School in 1947.
In 1948, John married his high school sweetheart Imogene Johnson and began
working as a journeyman plumber in Meridian, Mississippi. Over the years,
John’s family of four boys and three girls lived in Clatskanie, Oregon, South
Bend, Washington, Meridian, Mississippi and Winslow, Arizona before settling in
Washougal, Washington in 1971.
John attended St. Thomas Catholic Church in Camas and was a 4th Degree
member of the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time John enjoyed
woodworking, bowling and was an honorary life member of Orchard Hills
Country Club in Washougal. John was an avid private pilot with an instrument
rating and was accompanied by Imogene on numerous cross-country trips.
John operated a plumbing shop in Washougal for 14 years and all of his sons
followed him into the plumbing trade. Following the plumbing business John
served as an inspector and plans examiner for several local jurisdictions. John
spent considerable time during his career educating journeyman plumbers and
conducting certification seminars throughout the United States.
John will be loved and missed by surviving wife of 71 years, Imogene; sons,
Mike (Jill), Tom (Sharon), Rick (Suzanne) and Roger (Julie); daughters, Teresa
(Chip), Shelley (Greg) and Loretta (Ed); brother, Henry Watts (Arlene) of Winslow,
Arizona; sister, Mary Kay Green of South Bend, Washington; 24 grandchildren
and 37 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother,
John had a great deal of pride in his wife and family.
A celebration of life will be conducted at a later date due to Covid19 restrictions
and condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 186, Washougal, WA 98671.
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