Kenneth A. Watras

August 21, 1948May 7, 2013
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Watras, Kenneth A., US Army (Ret.) passed away suddenly on May 7, 2013. He leaves behind his wife, Sharon; daughters, Melissa and Kristin; and grandchildren, Liam and Scarlette. Ken was a decorated career Regular Army officer, and served his country for 22 years. Ken prepared for his much-loved second career by graduating with undergraduate and Masters’ degrees from The Ohio State University, Park University, Boston University, and Norwich University where he was class Valedictorian. He taught college level History, Political Science and Humanities classes for 12 years both locally and online. Ken’s passion for rescuing dogs led to his current canine family; Ginger, Princess, and Tiffy. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ken’s name to: The Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue; PO Box 10575, Glendale, AZ 85318. Ken’s visitation will be Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 6:00PM and Funeral service at 6:30PM at Sunland Memorial Park and Mortuary; 15826 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ. Ken will rest at the Veterans National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, AZ. Comments, Memories, or condolences may be left for the family at


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 14, 2013
  • Inurnment Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kenneth A. Watras

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Megan Vail

May 14, 2013

Mr. Watras was an inspiration to many& he will never be forgotton. He was a man full of wisdom, and I am blessed to have had him as an instructor for 2 semesters at PVCC. He will be greatly missed and always in my heart. Praying for your family during this time of grieving.

Marcia Maddox

May 13, 2013

Sharon, Kristen and Melissa,
I am so sorry to hear about Ken. My prayers and thoughts
are with you. Take care

Jody Manchion

May 13, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I will rememeber you in my prayers.
Jody Manchion, Registrar-Park University

Jessica Mendez

May 13, 2013

Mr. Watras was someone full of knowledge, and he lived to share that knowledge with those around him. He inspired us to travel and learn so that we too could be full of knowledge and share it with those around us. My heart goes out to his family during this time of trial. May God give you all the strength you need during this difficult time.

Karen, Stella and Deana

May 13, 2013

Sharon and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Ken was always such a pleasure to talk to and had an awesome personality. He will be greatly missed by the ladies in the Copy Center at PVCC !!

Michele Hinton Riley

May 12, 2013

Ken Watras was an amazing instructor. We were honored to have in in our department. We will miss him. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Haley Bjork

May 11, 2013

Kenneth Watras was a great man! His love for teaching inspired many who had the opportunity to be in his class! He lived to be a great son, husband, father, grandfather, and teacher! His passion for teaching will live on! My heart goes out to his family during this delicate time of mourning! May you now rest in peace!

foad mohebati

May 11, 2013

you were a great instructor with common knowladge, I will never forget you.

May 11, 2013

Mr Watras always encouraged us to travel. He told us in class multiple times, travel as much as you can. Seeing the photos I now understand. My prayers go to you and your family.

Graciella Castillo

May 11, 2013

Hi my name is Graciella Castillo. Mr Watras was my history teacher this semester at PVCC. Out of all my college classes he was the second teacher who inspired me to come to class and learn. Signing up for history this semester I was dreading it. I had never been interested in history and I just wanted to get the class over with. Mr Watras LOVED teaching. He had great passion to getting us going and learning and wanting to learn more and more. I never got the chance to tell him how amazing he was as a teacher and teaching his material. Every week I tried to have the guts to tell him how amazing he was but decided I would on the last day of class. Sadly I never got the chance to do so. He was so passionate about teaching and well organized I can't even imagine what an amazing father, husband, grandfather, brother, he was to all of you. My prayers go to you and your family. Mr. Watras was an amazing teacher <3