Lewis Ray Watson
Maiden Name: n/a
Lewis Ray Watson, 61, passed away from cancer on May 12, 2004, at his home in San Jose, California. He was born in Paris, Texas, and raised in Idabel, Oklahoma, until he moved to San Jose when he was 15 years old. He was the son of Walter Jesse Watson and Ida Ruth (Stone) Watson and the grandson of Silsiney (Jones) Watson, an original enrollee. Lewis was especially proud of his dear relative, the late Charley Jones of Idabel, Oklahoma.
Lewis attended school through the ninth grade in Idabel. He then graduated from Andrew Hill High School in San Jose in 1961. He attended one year of college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
He married Wanda Allen of Burleson, Texas, in 1965 and they had one child, Renee. Wanda died of cancer in 1970. Lewis later married Marsha in 1972 and together raised Renee and their two sons, Benjamin and Jared, and daughter, Kathleen.
Lewis worked at Space Systems Loral (formerly Ford Aerospace) for 40 years. He was a Christian man who was faithful to Christ and his family. He lived his life with the Bible as his guide for all his actions. He was an active member of Liberty Baptist Church in San Jose, an ordained deacon, and loved music. He participated in the choir, sang solos and sang bass in gospel quartets at church. He desired to praise and worship the Lord through music. He will be remembered for his bass voice and the ability to harmonize.
Lew had a great interest in studying World War II. He also had re-established his hobby of model trains and had begun collecting garden railroad trains for a future project in his backyard. He was also a detailed person who enjoyed working on home improvement projects with Marsha.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Wanda, and Lewis and Marsha’s son, Jared Kyle Watson.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Marsha Watson; a daughter, Renee Wharton, and her children, Jonathan, Amie and Zachary, of Bakersfield, California; a son, Benjamin Watson, and his wife, Veronnica, of San Jose; a daughter, Kathleen Watson, also of San Jose; brother, Mark Watson of Houston, Texas; aunt, Margaret Perkins, and her daughter, Barbara Mayberry, of Huntsville, Texas.