David Lavaun Watkins

David Lavaun Watkins

In Loving Memory of David L. WatkinsDavid L. Watkins, 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 11, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in October of 1943 in Seattle to Lawson L. (Vaughn) and Mary K. Watkins (nee Burkepile). David grew up primarily in California where he attended California State University Northridge (CSUN) and graduated with his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biology. David married Judy McMullen in 1963 and together they raised two children, Michael and Dana in Pacoima, CA and Bellevue, WA. He worked full-time during college as an aircraft machinist at Lockheed in Burbank, CA, and later, for Weyerhaeuser as a purchasing executive at their headquarters in Federal Way, WA.In 1993, David married JoAnn Plasek (nee Meissner) creating a blended family that included her girls, Sarah and Tammy. When he retired from Weyerhaeuser after 23 years of exemplary service, David and JoAnn moved to the quiet of Big Sky Country, so he could realize his dream of living out his days hunting and fishing in Montana. David and JoAnn celebrated 22 years of marriage together this year.Davids love of nature and the outdoors defined him. He never missed an opportunity to identify animal tracks in the wild, to stop by the side of the road to admire a waterfall, or to visit his favorite cabin in Miles City, MT to watch the sunset fall from an endless sky. For most of his life, he had a black Labrador retriever as a trusty companion and hunting partner (Skipper, Bess, Kate, and Skye). If you knew David well, you loved his wonde, lengthy, animated stories. David is survived by his wife JoAnn, son Michael (Karen), daughter Dana (Mike), daughter Sarah (Chris), daughter Tammy (Nelson), and six delightful grandchildren: Hannah, Spencer, Elizabeth, Patrick, Jayden, and Sophia. David was the oldest of seven children and is survived by five sisters: Katherine, Dolly, Mary, Christine, and Susan. He was predeceased by his beloved parents and brother Robert.Davids legacy of unbending integrity, stoic strength, and loving his family deeply will continue to live in our minds and hearts.A Memorial to honor David will be held on Tuesday, December 22nd at 10:00 am, at Becks Funeral Home on 5th Avenue S. in Edmonds, WA. Recn to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Audubon Washington https://give.audubon.org/Giving/Page/135/1/135.JAX46Name Tab Announcement: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Audubon Washington https://give.audubon.org/Giving/Page/135/1/135.
October 12, 1943 - December 11, 201510/12/194312/11/2015
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Anonymous
January 30, 2018
David lived in 3 places with great nicknames:Los Angeles, "City of Angels"Seattle, "Emerald City"Montana, "Big-Sky Country."(Random David observation.)
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Karen Watkins, daughter-in-law
January 30, 2018
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid."[C. S. Lewis, from memoir of wife's death, "A Grief Observed."]
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Michael Watkins
January 30, 2018
I have a lifetime of memories with my dad. I can vividly recall him training his black labs to retrieve. One of his favorite places to fish was a beaver pond on the Weyerhaeuser tree farm. It was his secret place and we caught many fish there. He worked so hard to co... Continue Reading
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RETHIA DAILEY
January 30, 2018
So many memories of David! Very favorites were the camping trips our families shared. David was the best camping companion! He had so much knowledge to share about the plants, rock formations, and animals all around. And who knew you could cook potatoes in the DIRT!!!Our... Continue Reading
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Kelly Lance
January 30, 2018
I will always remember David`s storytelling ability. The family had a large gathering to celebrate Grampa Burkepile`s birthday on year and people came from all over. One cousin, Jack McDonald and his wife Winnie came in their camper and stayed at Aunt Mary and Uncle Va... Continue Reading
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John Gross (friend/coworker)
January 30, 2018
It appears from David's picture that he lost a lot of weight. While working at Weyerhaeuser we were joking around about something ...... don't recall all of the context but his comment was something like "I've got a leg bigger than that!" He was a big guy at the time and... Continue Reading
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Sarah, daughter
January 30, 2018
One of many favorite memories, & I don't have a picture for it, was Dad singing "Some times you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't! Alllllllmond joy has nuts, Paul Mitchel don't! !" He danced across our porch as he sang that!
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Karen Watkins
January 30, 2018
[from Federal Way, WA -- Dec 2001]Tableaux. The first time I met Michael's father, he was seated in his armchair & couldn't get up easily -- because 1-year-old granddaughter Hannah perched lovingly on his left knee, & Black Lab Katie-Sue lay comfortably on his right foot... Continue Reading
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Karen Watkins
January 30, 2018
"That we were frightened when you died, or, rather, that your strong death made a dark interruption,tearing the till-then from the ever-since;that is our business: to set that in orderwill be the work that everything provides us...All we can offer where we love is this: ... Continue Reading
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Dolly Richards
January 30, 2018
I am one of five sisters of David Watkins. My brother was idolized by all of us. Whatever David asked you to do-you did it without question! He told me to go down the slide standing up to prove I loved mom. So, of course, I did. Sometimes he had us sword fight with ... Continue Reading