May 29, 1926 – December 9, 2018
Bratton Watson of Seattle Washington passed away on Sunday the 9th of December, 2018 at the age of 92. He was born in La Mesa, Dawson County, Texas on the 29th of May 1926. His family later moved to California.
Bratton was honorably discharged from the Navy after serving during WWII on missions in the Pacific. His ship was the USS Admiralty Islands CVE-99 he was honorably discharged in 1946 Bratton achieved Seaman 1st class, entered as a gunners mate, and then became a Store Keeper (SK). The ship and crew saw action and won 3 battle stars: Invasion of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Magic Carpet Ride
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Bratton landed in Seattle where his ship was “mothballed” after WWII. Bratton married Elaine C Brown who was also a Seattle resident. She was born 9th of July 1920 in Crookston, Cherry County, Nebraska and preceded Bratton in death on the 2nd of August 2007. The parents of both Bratton and Elaine were farmers and their families moved westward in response to the hardship caused by the dust bowl and the great depression. They found comfortable refuge on the West coast. Bratton and Elaine lived here in Seattle and raised a family of four children while Bratton worked for various local companies until they started their own successful business; Watson Painting and Papering. Elaine stayed at home while raising the children and functioning as an effective bookkeeper for the business. When they finally retired they took time to see some of our great country. Bratton loved to go to his cabin near the beach on a regular basis and kept it up for his descendants to use during his lifetime. Bratton is survived by his four children in order of birth: Rita, Brian, Jeff and David. There are 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Graveside ceremonies will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 19th 2018 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Seattle. It will be a simple graveside sharing of memories for close friends and families wanting to participate.
- Burial at Forest Lawn Wednesday, December 19, 2018
March 15, 2019
I met Bratton in early 2018. I had lived about a block and a half from him for thirteen years and had occasionally seen him from a distance. One day, when I was walking my dog, I saw mail and newspapers had piled up and I called the police for a wellness check.
I called them back to see if they knew if the gentleman was o.k. I was told they knocked on doors and looked in windows, but did not see him.
About a week and a half later, I saw Bratton getting out of his car.
I was so relieved!
I cheerfully went up to him and said, "Hi. I called the police, because your mail was piling up, and I didn't know if you were o.k."
He responded cheerfully and jokingly said, "I guess Angie doesn't love me anymore!"
It turns out his neighbor hadn't picked up his mail.
I had been worried he might not be o.k. He cheerfully said he accepted that his time would come someday.
My response was, "Yes, but what if you were suffering?"
He listened and thought about that.
I had met him before he turned 92. One day, he came out of his house to chat and he cheerfully informed me off his upcoming birthday. I told him my mom was almost 92,
When his daughter had a medical scare, he invited me to sit down near his garden and we chatted. The conversation was longer than usual and eventually he got to the point. He had heard from her and he clearly was worried and he needed to talk. Fortunately, he later found out she was fine.
I remember telling Bratton in August of 2018 that I had gotten a part-time job. Around that time, he had befriended a woman who had left her truck in his yard and then said it would not start up. He had a number of problems with her and I called the police again for him after I had a brief encounter with her. I came to Bratton's house and told him I had called the police and he thanked me.
Turns out her truck worked fine and the police had her drive away!
So, even in his nineties, Bratton had his adventures!
Arlene Watson Johnson
January 2, 2019
Dear Uncle Bratton,
Missed our long phone chats during this holiday season! You got "Merry Christmas" in Heaven, & forever more.....doesn't get more wonderful than that. I am so grateful & humbled that your Military Service Flag has a special place of honor, in my home. It allows me to keep your memory just a little bit closer; although the love will always remain in my heart.
Arlene Watson Johnson
December 13, 2018
My Dear Uncle Bratton, how you'll be missed; our visits & phone calls! I'm grateful for his love to me & my family. Our relationship, so special! He was 1 of 6 brothers (he was #5;my father #6). I'm blessed to have known & loved each one. At some point, growing up, all of my 5 uncles were like father figures in my life. But, Uncle Bratton....well, as he & I would discuss, "God saved him for last", just for me!
He was full of stories (probably repeated 100's of times). I never tired of listening & laughing! He shared of life growing up on a Texas farm, in the poorest of depression times; that came /w much family history. He (along /w all his brothers) never complained about his parents or the difficulties....."it was just the way it was. I don't know how my parents did it. We didn't have much, but we always had a lot of fun!" That's where values, hard work, & determination were learned. Leaving Texas as a teenager, the family moved to San Diego, CA, bringing new life chapters. Here, after high school, he enlisted in the Navy. I learned of his naval & impressionable wartime experience. Finally to Seattle, for the rest of his life. Providing for his family was important to him. He loved to reminisce their growing up years; their outings, camping, & fishing. He beamed over grandchildren. He was social & had many lifetime friends; never met a stranger. Never lacked at conversation & always a joke!
Living in San Diego, I didn't get to "really know" him, until a young adult; due to distance. However, when he came to visit, it was always happy & fun. I believe he was his mom's (my grandmother) "favorite" son! We know parents love all their children the same....but, when he walked in (often a surprise visit for her), her blue eyes danced & lite up like the sun. How she loved Bratton! As did his all his brothers' children..Uncle Bratton was @ the top!
My heart holds his love & sweet memories, that live til I get to hug him again, in Heaven.
December 13, 2018
Dad will be missed so much. He was always there for us. Being one of the best Dads anyone could ever ask for, he will remain in my family's hearts for generations to come.