Charles S. Watson, 99, of Tumwater, Wash., passed away at home April 8, 2021. He was born in Bismarck, Ill., Oct. 5, 1921. During his childhood, he also lived in Toronto, Canada, and finished his schooling in Seattle, Wash.
After high school, he moved to Alaska where he worked on the Alcan Highway. On his birthday in 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy. While serving on board the LST921, in the Bristol Channel, the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He married Norma L. Hosch (Danville, Ill.) in 1947. He was a tavern owner in Seattle for many years before moving his family to Centralia, Wash., in 1965. He had long wanted land and a farm. He found his passion raising Quarter Horses. Years later, he and his wife moved to Tumwater, Wash. Dad (The Unsinkable Charlie Watson) was the most determined person I have ever known. He lived his life on his terms, regardless of his Word War II injuries. He remained vital and independent until the moment he passed.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; son, Mark; and sister, Betty Gray. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Watson (Rick Trovillo).
Mills and Mills Memorial Park, Tumwater, Wash.