Jerald Earl Watson (Jan. 5, 1940 — April 30, 2017)
Jerald Earl Watson, 77, suddenly passed away in his home in Rifle, CO, on April 30, 2017. Jerry and his twin, Larry, were born on January 5, 1940, to Fredrick and Virginia Watson in Wheat Ridge, CO. He graduated from Wheat Ridge High School, earned a degree in Elementary Education from UNC Greeley, and a Masters from CU. He taught 5th Grade for several years prior to becoming an Elementary School principal, a career he loved with a passion. He was an educator with Jefferson County Schools for 33 years before retiring. Jerry was an active member of Rotary International for 41 years both in Wheat Ridge and in Rifle. He enjoyed golfing and fishing, but his legacy was the development of Wheat Ridge Rotary’s “Read to Me” program. He and Karen moved from their home in Wheat Ridge, to Rifle in 2013. Both shared their love of travel, visiting China, Australia, Russia and Europe, and all over the U.S. with frequent trips to Nevada.
He is preceded in death by his parents. Jerry is survived by the love of his life of 53 years, Karen Watson of Rifle, son Jeff (Danielle) Watson, Billings, MT; daughter Jodi (Chris) Manera, Rifle; his four grandchildren, Braden and Zeke Watson and Nicole and Ashley Manera; his brothers Larry (Carol) Watson, Bremerton, Washington, and Keith (Mary Ann) Watson, Longmont, CO; many nieces, nephews and cousins, and the many other lives he touched.
A celebration of his life will be held at Centennial Park in Rifle, 7:00pm Monday, May 15, 2017. Contributions may be made in his name for a scholarship to the Rifle Community Foundation PO Box 1234 Rifle, CO 81650.
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