David John Watson

April 16, 1944July 1, 2019

David John Watson was born April 16, 1944 to Carl Elmer and Helen LaVerne (Seymour) Watson in Greeley, Colorado. He live all his life in Milliken, CO, and attended school in Milliken and Johnstown, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1963.

David helped his parents on ventures with chickens, pigs, and rabbits. He helped them build three rental properties. After graduating from high school, he worked a short time for Kuner Canning Company in Brighton, CO. He then went to work in the Johnstown Sugar Factor, and worked his way up in the company. He worked up to be the company’s Chief Electrician. He was drafted into the Army at the age of 21 and spent most of his two years in Okinawa working in the Missile Battalion. When he returned home two years later, he went back to work at the Johnstown Sugar Factory and worked there for around thirty-nine years. He worked a few years for Power Rental Equipment Company as their electrician, retiring from there just a few years ago. He started his own business, Watsons Electrical LLC.

David married Carol Ann Oster on September 21, 1967, in Greeley, Colorado, and later in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on March 29, 1968 in Mesa, Arizona. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on February 28, 1968, and had been active in missionary work, genealogy, and working as an Ordinance Worker in the Denver, Colorado, Tempe, then working in the Fort Collins, Colorado, Temple since October of 2016. David and Carol adopted two children, Tammy Lynn and Shane David. The family has remained in Milliken. Some of David’s favorite things to do were traveling, genealogy, working in the temple, doing missionary work in the church, and finding challenges to accomplish. He was always willing to help those who needed help over the years since he and Carol were married. He was a wonderful husband and companion, and a good father to his children and grandchildren.

David served the Milliken community for years, starting out as a City Councilman, Mayor, and was presently on the Planning Commission, which has been something he enjoyed doing. David studied hard to get his Master Electrician license, which was current at his passing, even though he did not use it. He helped set up programs for the sugar company with Aims Community College. He enjoyed learning all the time about different things. He always felt he had to prove to himself he could accomplish whatever it was he was learning.

Because of his love for genealogy and researching his ancestors, we were able to take a trip to Sweden to see where his Stolhand family came from and where they were buried and the churches they went to. For him it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet his living relatives that still live there.

David is survived by his wife Carol and their two children, Tammy Lynn and Shane David; two grandchildren, Teeaisha Helen and Damian Karl Martinez; son-in-law, Sam Martinez, all of Milliken, Colorado; and his brother Melvin and is wife Laura of Cheyenne, Wyoming.


  • Viewing Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Concluding Services & Interment Monday, July 8, 2019


David John Watson

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Candy & Family Smith

July 7, 2019

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Times like these are the hardest to get through. Sending our thoughts, love and prayers to the whole family.

Tami Haruf

July 7, 2019

So sorry for the loss of Johnny, may you all find peace and comfort in time and cherish all the wonderful memories you had made.

Frances Laws - Teeters

July 5, 2019

Our condolences Carol. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Donna Peoples

July 4, 2019

So very sorry for your loss! So glad we had the time to spend together making memories together. RIP Dave..we love you Carol very much! Love Heidi and Marilyn ❤️❤️

Donna Peoples

July 3, 2019

My sincere and deepest condolences of your loss. I loved Dave very much and just know he is flying high with the Angels and sharing some catchup time with my dad William (Bill) King Sr. And all his family. Love you Carol very much and sending you big hugs! ❤️❤️❤️