Richard R Watson

November 20, 1934March 3, 2018

Richard R. Watson of Broomfield, Colorado passed away on March 3, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy, and his children, Robert and Francia Watson, Deanna and Gary Lorenz, and Colleen Watson as well as seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Dick was a skilled pilot of general aviation. He used this skill both as a hobby and to indulge his love of travel, including building a two-passenger plane following his retirement from Storage Tech in 1999. He was a member of St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Westminster, Colorado. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday March 8, 2018 at Crist Mortuary 3395 Penrose Pl. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Park Boulder. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or to St. Martha’s church in Dick’s memory. To send condolences please go to


  • Nancy Watson, Wife
  • Robert Watson, Son
  • Deanna Lorenz, Daughter
  • Colleen Watson, Daughter
  • Seven grand children and five great-grandchildren


  • Memorial service Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Commital Service Thursday, March 8, 2018

Richard R Watson

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Warner Hersey

March 6, 2018

To Nancy and Family-
My deepest sympathies to you all. I have so many fond memories of Dick, I could offer many examples. Especially the times he took me on plane rides.
But I instead want you all to know how much Dick meant to me. He hired me as a young and inexperienced quality technician at StorageTek. Throughout my career at StorageTek, I had the pleasure of working with Dick as his employee. I learned so much from him and he was my strongest advocate whenever I was up for a promotion. He was my mentor and the man I went to when I needed help and support. I could always talk to him and trusted him more than anyone. When Dick promoted me to a manager, he could see leadership qualities that I did not believe I possessed. He saw my potential and was my #1 coach. Dick taught me how to be honest, fair, and a straight-shooter. I have been a manager for over 25 years now, and as I mentor young and promising engineers working for me, I rely on all the knowledge and teaching Dick gave to me as a young employee. It is an honor to pay-forward the gifts that Dick has given me during my career.
Dick will forever be in my memories and I am so grateful to have had the chance to learn and work with such a wonderful manager and friend. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Warner Hersey