OBITUARY

Aaron Luke Watson

August 3, 1975February 11, 2021
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Aaron Watson was called home on February 11, 2021. He was 45 years old.

The family will receive friends during visitation at Alliance Community Fellowship Church from 10am on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The Funeral Service will follow at 12pm. Aaron will be laid to rest at Criswell Cemetery at a later date. Aaron was born in Dallas, Texas. After he graduated from Waxahachie High School, he attended Navarro College, Texas Tech, and Baylor University. He studied music and was an accomplished singer and performer. People loved to hear him sing yet he was very humble about his talents. He kept in touch with school mates and had lifelong relationships with them.

Aaron began his career with Jason’s Deli in 2000 and recently celebrated his 20-year anniversary. Aaron held a number of positions throughout his career and most recently was the Managing Partner of the Grand Prairie and Cedar Hill locations. Throughout his time with Jason’s Deli, Aaron was a friend and mentor to countless members of the Deli Family. He had a larger-than-life personality and had the ability to be brutally honest in the best possible way.

Aaron didn’t sugar coat things and was 100% real and authentic. People trusted Aaron and felt safe around him because he was a true Servant Leader. He had the best sense of humor and a little sarcasm. In fact, the Jason’s Deli founder, Joe Tortorice, would even quote Aaron from time to time when Aaron said, “Joe it’s not all sunshine and lollipops.” He believed everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. He worked hard and did whatever it took to take care of his customers and employees.

Aaron married the love of his life, Jane, 18 years ago and they were the best of friends. Together, Aaron and Jane have 3 children: Cameron, Jacob, and Westen. Aaron put his family first, loved them fiercely and was their protector. He was so proud recently when Cameron signed a soccer scholarship and when he and Westen got their first buck on a hunting trip. Aaron was an active participant in his children’s school and sporting events, including coaching at various times and volunteering with the PTA. You could not have a conversation with Aaron without him talking about his wife and kids. He was so proud of them and lit up when he spoke of them. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending time with friends and family hunting, fishing and camping.

Aaron is preceded in death by son Jacob Watson, grandmother, Joyce Stone, and father, Johnny Watson.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Marsha and Frank World; wife, Jane; children, Cameron and Westen; siblings, Brandi Whorrall, Whitney Watson, Justin Hunter, and Kelli Chambers; nieces, Sloane, Peyton, and Bella, and his nephews, Ian, Greyson, Lucas, and Jaxon.

Aaron had such a huge impact on so many lives. He was the best guy in all aspects of his life and we celebrate him...his was a life well lived. Go fly high with the angels, Aaron.

  • FAMILY

  • Aaron is survived by his mother and stepfather, Marsha and Frank World; wife, Jane; children, Cameron and Westen; siblings, Brandi Whorrall, Whitney Watson, Justin Hunter, and Kelli Chambers; nieces, Sloane, Peyton, and Bella, and his nephews, Ian, Greyson, Lucas, and Jaxon.


    Aaron is preceded in death by son Jacob Watson, grandmother, Joyce Stone, and father, Johnny Watson.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

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  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Abbie Chapman

February 25, 2021

I've only worked with and known Aaron a few years. Aaron was not always easy to work with because of his directness and asking questions to gain information, but that is something I always appreciated because I am just as direct as he was. He could tell it like it was, challenge you with questions of why and how, but then give you a hug and ask you what he could do to help you.

Having Jane help with the delis was just a natural fit for both of them and you could see Aaron's demeanor change when Jane was there. They worked side by side and both gave their hearts to the communities.

Jane - you, Cameron, and Wes - are in my prayers and thoughts. Sending you hugs!

Ann Tilghman

February 21, 2021

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Watson Family. May the love of family and friends help carry you through your grief. It is so very important to cherish the many happy memories that your family has shared together. We don't know what to say. We can't understand exactly how you feel, but God does and will keep raising you up. We hope that our prayers will help a little. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. After searching the Bible, we found a scripture that will help give hope and encouragement to your family. It reads like this. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4

Preston MASSEY

February 20, 2021

I Remember working with a living with Aaron. He was a great friend always honest an told you the truth even if you didn't like it. He welcomed me into his home when i was going threw a rough time in my life. He's was a amazing person and great friend. My condolences go out to his beautiful wife and kids. GOD BLESS

Chelsea Taylor

February 20, 2021

Like so many others I had the great privilege of working with Aaron at Jason's Deli. That was my first job, at the North Arlington store, and it took me all the way through college in Chicago. Aaron was a mentor and friend all along the way, someone I believed in and held others against. He was always there to listen, support, and give ya a hard time. Even my mom remembers me talking about our political debates. He was part of my life during a formative time and I like to think my leadership style, work ethic, and community values are all very much influenced by him.

I remember Jane and Cameron coming in to the deli and the way Aaron would light up when they did. He spent a lot of time working but he also modelled how important it was to not lose sight of what we work for, our family and community. During our busiest and hardest grinds he would see me stressing and offer a grounding message, smile, nudge, or joke.

My life wouldn't be the same without him and I'm so grateful and honored to, in my small way, share his positive influence with others.

To his family and all touched by Aaron, I send my love and support.

Katy and Jason Loo

February 20, 2021

We met the Watsons in soccer in IL. It was a precarious meeting in that our daughter, a goalkeeper, was placed on Cameron’s team. A shock to us because they didn’t need Cori and a shock to the Watsons I’m sure too. But these people cheered my daughter on- not only when she was in goal, but in other positions she played and off the field were so nice and kind and welcoming. Out of respect for Cameron’s position and play outweighed her love of the position and she quickly became a defender- protector of the keeper. They spent two years as teammates and became friends. As we all know in youth sports- this could all have gone another way. But these people- this family - rose above and raised their daughter to do the same. It speaks volumes to their character and I have always had the utmost respect for them.

We are pained to know the loss and heartbreak Jane, Cameron, Wes and all family and friends are suffering. As former keeper parents, we have that fiercely protective streak in us still. We are sending you all love from Illinois. Aaron, you will be greatly missed but that heavenly choir of angels just got a whole lot better. Our memories of your kind heart, love of family and respectful manner will live on with us forever. Rest In Peace. With deepest condolences ~ the Loo Family

Jon Davis

February 20, 2021

I have so many great memories of Aaron. We met at Navarro in 1994 and quickly became friends. He was a year older and invited me into his circle. Aaron convinced me to take my first college road trip. I’ll leave out the details, but I can say a good time was had by all.. As I look back at the road trips, the parties at the cabin, the late night musical rehearsals and the time serving with Student Government, I realize that Aaron loved all of those things because he loved people. He sang and he laughed and he joked because making other people happy made him happy. We reconnected a few years ago and I have never seen Aaron happier than when he told me about his family. He smiled a little bigger and laughed a little louder. I will miss his laugh and I will miss his voice. But most of all, I will miss my friend.

Joni Williams

February 20, 2021

I know that there are no words that will ever fill the void left in your hearts. I pray for peace and comfort to pour over all that are hurting. Jane, I am so sorry. The love and commitment the two of you had for each other was extraordinary and rare. Your children were so lucky to have the two of you showing them what real love looks like. Jane, Cameron and Wes, I will be praying for you daily.
Sending all my love and condolences.

Coby Twilligear

February 20, 2021

Aaron was one of my college roommates at Navarro College! He was such an awesome guy! I made great friends while at Navarro and Aaron was a huge part of our group! We all loved listening to him sing. So much so, that I asked Aaron to sing at my wedding! Aaron sang John Berry’s “Your Love Amazes me”. Christi and I have been married almost 26 years and every time we hear that song we think of Aaron and that special night! Rest In Peace friend...

Gracie Prasanson

February 19, 2021

I will always remember the first time I met Aaron & Jane. They were at the Waco Jason's Deli and Cameron was sitting in the Highchair. I could not get over the attention and love that poured out of Aaron on to his little girl. Aaron beamed when spoke of his family, Aaron was always passionate about his family and the people in his life . He was a great example of a servant leader to all of us at Jason's Deli. Always a smile and a laugh. The earth was a better place with Aaron on it and he will be missed by many and remembered by all .

Michelle Madden

February 19, 2021

Jane and Jason’s Deli Family,
The Grand Prairie Chamber and community share in your hurt losing Aaron. You all have been shining stars in our community. Please reach out should you need anything, we’re here and want to help you endure this tragedy.
Michelle Madden

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