TEMPLETON — Roy Frederick Watts, 84, of Templeton died on Feb. 23, 2013 at French Hospital in San Luis Obispo.
He was born on Dec. 11, 1928, in West Pullman, Ill., to Clement and Hazel Watts and was the youngest of three children.
Roy grew up in Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois, with a degree mechanical engineering. In 1950, Roy married Phyllis Ferguson. While he and Phyllis raised their family in Lockport, Ill., Roy worked as a mechanical engineer for ACME Steel and later for the Andrew Corporation. His career took him around the world, as his expertise was required overseas on many of Andrew Corporation’s critical engagements.
After many years of dedication to his work, Roy retired early at the age of 55. He and Phyllis moved to California to enjoy their retirement close to their adult children. At their ranch in Templeton, Roy pursued his passion for raising horses. His thoroughbreds achieved several victories at various California racetracks.
Roy thoroughly enjoyed working around the ranch, which he kept immaculately manicured. Roy enjoyed the company of his new California friends, many of whom he met through his involvement in the community. He was an active member of the Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, where he developed and refined his skills as a public speaker.
Roy is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, and his five children, Tom, Carl, Clay, Robin and Dawn.
A service to celebrate Roy’s life will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Roy’s honor to Atascadero Loaves & Fishes, where he volunteered by transporting food in his favorite Ford truck.For the complete article see the 02-27-2013 issue.
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