OBITUARY

Jack Dale Watson

November 5, 1935May 19, 2020
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Jack Dale Watson, age 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 19, 2020.

Jack was born to R.T. and Nanie Watson on November 5, 1935 in Burkett, Texas and he graduated from Burkett High School in 1953.

Jack was a true cowboy, and he was a professional bull and bareback rider and competed in North America, Mexico and Europe during the 1950’s. Jack met the love of his life, Cloma Joe Atwood, and they were married on June 5, 1959. They had three children: Guy, Todd and Staci.

Jack was a hardworking individual and was passionate about being in the farming and ranching industry for the remainder of his life until he retired in 2011.

Jack was preceded in death by both parents, two sisters, one brother, and his son Jeffrey Guy Watson.

He is survived by his wife, Joe Watson; son, Todd Watson; daughter, Staci Watson; and a host of extended family and friends.

Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM in the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home Chapel, 5701 US Hwy 277 South. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM in the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ronnie White officiating. Burial will follow in Elliott Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4545 Hartford St, Abilene, TX 79605, and/or The Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800. Online condolences may be shared through the obituary link at www.elliotthamilfuneralhome.com and type his name in the search box.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Burial

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Memories

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Ronnie Newman

May 26, 2020

Jack was my DEAR FRIEND for the last 15 years. Years ago he drove me out to his home place in Burkett and we sat around just sharing his life history. Soon we would just go out there to get away from life's problems and enjoy the outdoors. Many winters cutting firewood so he and Joe would have stacks of it at their house in Abilene. My wife and I would enjoy many evenings at there home, dining out, and entertaining them at our home. I grew to Love him and spent good times and tough times as he grew ill from lung cancer. He was so tough and cancer did not slow him down. Anyone who knew him had to respect him. I will truly miss Jack and hope Todd and Staci's loss of their Father will turn to admiration of a lifetime!! As he lived a life, few others have known. Please know what a big man he was. Truly Blessed to know Jack and his family. All the best wishes and PRAYERS for those GRIEVING losing him.

JOHN MARK POOL

May 26, 2020

It was such an honor to have met and spent special times with Jack Watson, a very real and genuine person. Knowing the fact that Jack was an International Rodeo star that rubbed shoulders with all the old greats, including Roy Rodgers, etc, and still spent time and meals together in Crossplains, TX lets you know he was an humble yet honest man we call "the real deal!" We will miss you Mr. Jack and thank you for all that you did for so many people and had such a caring heart! I am looking forward to riding with you one day ahead "upstairs" where you are riding now!
John Mark Pool
Liberty Hill, Texas

T. Coburn

May 22, 2020

The Watson Ranch has been across from the McDermett-Coburn ranch for over 150 years in Coleman County. My great-grandmother delivered his father, RT into this world. Jack was a family friend my whole life. I miss that smile when he came down the dirt road, he always stopped and talked. I will remember our conversations over coffee and an omelette at Jean’s. Jean would make him an omelette even when she stopped serving breakfast. My family loved visiting with him every chance we could, especially the rodeo stories in the USA and overseas. Jack was a straightforward man you knew where you stood. He loved his family, he was such a great neighbor. He was especially good to my son Josh and my oldest Grandson Clay. I have missed him since he moved to Abilene, but for many years spoke to him and Jo on the phone.
Jo, Stacy & Todd you will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time. This Cowboy may have ridden away for now but his legacy will live on in our hearts forever.
Happy Trails Jack Watson ride fast ride hard as those beautiful gates opened for you our friend!
Teri Coburn & Bobby Clarkston-Josh & Clay -Coburn Ranch

Mike, Amy and Bailey Wallace

May 21, 2020

Staci: we are so sorry for your loss! Love you lots!

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