The Rev. Orin D. Watson, 97
CONCORD — The Rev. Orin Dale Watson, 97, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Havenwood Heritage Heights, Concord, surrounded by his loving family.
The Rev. Watson was born Nov. 1, 1919, in Morrill, Nebraska, the son of John Jay and Zepha Velda (Lundy) Watson.
He graduated from Morrill High School in 1937 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1949 and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, in 1952.
The Rev. Watson worked as a ship fitter at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, from January 1941 to May 1944. He served in the U. S. Navy from June, 1937 to October, 1940 and June, 1944 to January, 1946. He served as a ship fitter on the heavy cruiser USS New Orleans, the battleship USS Colorado, and the USS YRD#8 (part of a floating Dry Dock).
Rev. Watson began serving Methodist churches in January 1947 in Pauline, Nebraska, while he was a sophomore in college. He served other churches in Nebraska, Washington state, Illinois and New Hampshire. He was ordained Deacon in October 1951 and Elder in June 1952 in the Methodist Church at Grand Island, Nebraska.
In his ministry, he was certified as a minister of education, serving churches in this capacity with memberships of 2,200 to 2,600. He retired from the United Methodist Church in June 1985. He then served as the pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Weirs Beach, from September 1987 to July 1993.
The Rev. Watson was married to Lovetra Jane Hobbs on Aug. 3, 1947, in Springfield, Missouri. Two daughters were born to this union, Harriet Lee Wilson born Aug. 3, 1948, now of Palm Bay, Florida, and Lynne Haven Anthony, born May 9, 1952, now of Evansville, Indiana. His wife, L. Jane Watson, died Nov. 6, 1982, in Iowa City, Iowa. In July 4, 1986, the Rev. Watson was married to Esther E. Clark at Geneva Point Center, Moultonborough.
After retirement, the Rev. Watson became an accomplished woodworker and artist. His other hobbies included stamp collecting, counted cross stitching, needle point and crewel. Music was also important with him.
The Rev. Watson is remembered for his energy and enthusiasm in preaching the Gospel and continued challenging of people in their faith. He was noted as saying many times, "Pray and then put feet to your prayers."
The Rev. Watson is survived by his two daughters; a sister, Naomi Staab, of Morrill, Nebraska; two grandsons, Jeremy Wilson of Palm Bay, Florida, and Jason Wilson of Schenectady, New York; five great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Mona Dore of Fernando, Florida, and Myla Crouse of the Woodlands, Texas; one stepson, Miles Clark, of Northfield; 17 step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Three brothers, Ervin Watson, Gordon Watson and Lloyd Watson, preceded him in death. A stepson, Mark Clark, and a step grandson also previously died.
Calling Hours will be held Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.. A funeral service will be held, Monday, April 3, at 10 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, at a later date.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is in charge of the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
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