OBITUARY

Michael James Watson

July 29, 1955February 19, 2021
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Michael James Watson, age 65, of Fresno, California entered into rest on Friday February 19th, 2021. Michael was born on July 29th, 1955 in Oakdale, California.

Michael is survived by his wife, Diana Watson, daughter, Christina Schwarz (David), grand-daughter, Cassidy Schwarz, mother, Jane Watson, sisters, Marianne Richards (Jim) & Michelle Orlando, in-laws, Donald and Shirley Weber, brother-in-laws, Donald and Ronald (Dianne) Weber, and twelve nieces & nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Jim Watson, his sister, Lisa Coyle, and his uncle, Lee Alverado.

Mike graduated from Fresno High School in 1973, he attended Fresno City College for a while then he began his working career as a department manager at Zodys Department Store where he met and then married the love of his life in 1976. Ten years later the happy couple were blessed with a baby girl who was the center of his world. He was a devoted husband and father who understood the importance of family. In 1994, an unknown illness attacked his liver, but not his spirit. He was able to conquer the illness by surviving a liver transplant and with the help of his wife they founded a support group, The Gift of Life Family Support Group, to help others with their transplant journey. In 1996, he readily took over the family business of ABC Sweeping as the owner operator until he retired in the year 2017. In 2009, Mike was forced into another battle when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After many intense rounds of chemotherapy he was successful at beating cancer. He was able to live cancer free for 4 years, until more rounds of chemotherapy were needed to keep the cancer from metastasizing. He was a genuine warrior over the course of his many health battles showing courage and true grit.

Throughout Mike’s life he had many hobbies which included camping, RV-ing, bar-b-queing, boot collecting, and more. Some of his accomplishments include running a successful business, co-leading a transplant support group, and having recently celebrated 27 years of being a transplant survivor. He loved spending quality time with friends and family both camping up in the Sierra Nevada’s and Rv-ing at Pismo Beach. Mike and Diana were very fortunate to travel and have many lasting adventures together with their family, camping family, and friends. Mike was a natural people person who was able to strike up conversations with anyone wherever he went and was able to turn those conversations into lasting friendships. Anyone who met Mike would always compliment him on his optimistic outlook on life. He chose to live his life by always focusing on the positives. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

A Message from Mike:

Dear Lord, Thank you for giving me the strength and the conviction to complete the tasks that you entrusted to me. Thank you for guiding me straight and true through the many obstacles in my path. And for keeping me resolute when all around seemed lost. Thank you for your protection and for your many signs along the way. Thank you for any good that I may have done, and I am so very sorry about the bad. Thank you for my family and for the friends I have made. Please watch over them as you watched over me. Thank you for finally allowing me to rest. I am so very tired. But I go now to my rest at peace knowing that I have done right with my time on Earth. I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith, and I did it my way.

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Wendy & Steve Richardson

February 24, 2021

So glad to know Mike & family
Best memory was attending his daughters wedding and seeing Mike ,Diana & Christina celebrating their daughters wedding he never thought he would make he was so GRATEFUL. As were his wife & daughter and it showed in them all 3 together with all family & friends. Was the happiest, such fun and it showed how grateful they felt for being together for each other & family. You will be missed such a nice guy ❤️ So sorry for the families loss he sure made an imprint in lives.
Love Wendy & Steve

Doug & Lynn Koch

February 24, 2021

We met Mike through his daughter Christina. From that very moment we became friends and always loved seeing him. He was so vibrant and full of life. His family was always first would do anything for anyone and always so very happy to help if he could. He was such a blessing to know and we loved him. Our sincere sympathy to the family who have truly lost a great one. Our prayers are with you. We know Mike is making all so happy in heaven.

Sophie Simien

February 24, 2021

I met Mike during the process of when Mike and Diane were purchasing their new home. I watched for months as he stopped by the sales office to make sure he was building the perfect home for Diane. He wanted to be sure if anything ever happened to him that she would be taken care of.

When Mike moved into his new home he became a staple to the neighborhood. Neighbors loved him, the production crew loved him and all of Granville’s staff loved him. He would often barge into our office with treats, a charming smile and a story to tell even after a procedure. Mike was never too tired to say hello.

Mike, thank you for sharing your energy, thank you for all the conversations and thank you for being you. I will miss seeing you working on your RV as I drive pass your house. Be good in Heaven, Mike - the angels are lucky they are now the ones hearing your corny jokes. You will be missed and forever loved.

Diane, I’m sorry for your loss. I pray that time will heal. Sending all my love and condolences to you, Christine, Cassie and the rest of the family.

Brian G Hodgkiss

February 23, 2021

I met Mike during our senior year in high school. We would hangout and eventually would live together after high school. There were so many good times with our mutual friends. We had always attained the Clovis Rodeo Parade together with friends and family. BBQ at Mike & Diana’s place afterwards. Mike always had the most optimistic outlook on life. Diana and Mike were always a stable force. Mike I am going to miss you brother but not forever. We will meet again in the future. We won’t have to be separated by time or space. Thank you Lord for sharing Mike and his family with those of us that are temporarily left behind. Give him the rest he deserve. Watch over his family and give them peace. If there are any that need your Son’s righteousness, please draw them to You. In Jesus Name amen.

Joyce Busch

February 23, 2021

Diane I am so sorry to read about your handsome husband Mike. Please except our condolence . we didn't know Mike but remember you from a long time ago. Our heart hurts for you and your family. Give your mom and dad our love. May the many memories you have of your beloved Mike helps you get through this very difficult time -- Joyce and Leroy Busch

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