Louis Latour Watson Jr.
January 11, 1936 – May 13, 2020
Dr. Louis Latour Watson Jr., 84, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Jupiter, Florida, while at home and under the care of Trustbridge Hospice.
Lou was a retired orthopedic surgeon who practiced in Peoria, Illinois. He founded the Orthopedic Surgery Group with Albert Novotny, which later became the Midwest Orthopedic Center. He had the most incredible and cherished team of ortho nurses and over the years since retirement, he and Pam had wonderful reunions with them.
Lou was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Louis and Bervia Watson on January 11, 1936. He graduated from Woodruff High School in Peoria, Illinois, in 1954; Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1958, where he was a member of the Phi Psi fraternity; and Northwestern Medical School in 1962 in Chicago. Illinois. He interned at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
He has been a permanent resident of Jupiter, Florida, since 1995, and a part-time resident since 1984. He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela, along with his children, Susan Mitchell (Michael), of Wheaton, Illinois and Keri Watson of Orlando, Florida; his grandchildren, Kathryn Mitchell and Charles Mitchell, both of Wheaton, Illinois; a brother, John (Jack) Watson and his wife Ann of Fort Collins, Colorado; a brother-in-law, Edmar Hansen and sister-in-law, Debra Hansen. His son, Louis Latour Watson, III, (Tripp), preceded him in death.
He was a past member of the Peoria Country Club, Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, and a past president of the Marathon Coach Club. He was an avid tennis player and pilot. He learned how to fly while serving in the Air Force, in Montgomery, Alabama. Also, he was a board member of the Southern Cay Homeowner’s Association, of Jonathan’s Landing in Jupiter, Florida.
He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He loved traveling in his motorhome and on cruises, sharing fun and special times with his many friends and family from all over the United States. A family memorial service will be held at a later time at Watson’s Pond, in Vincennes, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Trustbridge Hospice Care or the American Cancer Society.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Louis Latour Watson Jr.
May 28, 2020
Lou was my senior partner and mentor at OSG when I started practice in 1988 in Peoria. He was a wonderful guy from which to learn the ropes, and had special ability in relating to people. Everybody loved Dr. Watson! He had the ability to work hard but remembered to have balance in life, and developed hobbies that kept him fulfilled. He and Pam were wonderful friends. He was quick with a funny comment, and fun to be with socially. He will be missed!
My wife and I extend our condolences to Pam and children.