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Roy Allen Watson Sr, also known as Hot Rod Watson, 89, graduated from this life with two beloved daughters by his side in Payson, Utah on February 13, 2022.
Roy was born on April 30, 1932 near Las Vegas, Nevada on the Clark and Ronan Ranch in a tent with wood siding and flooring, to Walter Samuel and Martha Emeline Huntsman Watson. He was the sixth of seven children and grew up on the shores of Lake Mead in the Moapa Valley, just outside Overton, Nevada. The family moved to “town” when he was 2 years old. Roy was a vivacious young boy with red hair and freckles who was affectionately called “Carrots”. He loved wide open spaces and open spaces. He even trained a wild red-tailed hawk and bass as his pets. In 1942 the family moved to a house at 1420 Joshua St in Las Vegas where Roy attended Las Vegas Grammar School. In 1947 they moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah and settled in the Manila area north of the city. In his spare time as a young man, Roy was known to love fast cars and racing, which is how he became widely known as Hot Rod. At the age of 17, Roy lost his father and left school to work full time to support his mother and younger sister, Ruby, who had special needs. Soon after, Roy joined the US Army. He went to radar mechanic school at Fort Bliss, Texas. Roy quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class and served as an anti-aircraft gunnery sergeant in Misawa, Japan during the Korean War. His C-18 gun section won the Radar Plaque and Best Gun Section award in April 1955 and he was named Soldier of the Month by the 507th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion at Misawa.
On December 4, 1955, Roy married his sweetheart, Doril Woolley of Pleasant Grove. They had 11 children together; 6 daughters and 5 sons. Roy supported his young growing family as a salesman in his early years and later started his own excavation business, Integrity Excavating. He taught this craft to a number of his sons, sons-in-law and grandsons and mentored them until they succeeded in the industry; they still carry on the legacy of skilled excavation. Roy never lost his love for speed, he took his Hot Rod racing to the water and won several boat races on the Green River, Utah Lake and Provo River with Doril alongside him as navigator . Roy has shared his love of the great outdoors with local youth as he was a Master Scout with the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He really loved pine derbies and taught his sons and cubs how to make their derby cars go faster than ever with aero designs. He loved teaching young people essential life skills. In 1983 Roy and Doril moved to Riggins, Idaho with their four youngest children where he operated a small gold mine on the Salmon River. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed fishing and all kinds of hunting. Roy got a private pilot’s license at 17 and kept it after his military service, enjoying the freedom to fly back and forth between Idaho and Utah, as well as many other adventures in his own planes. . Her children relished her homeschooling in the engineering and flying of incredible paper airplanes. He loved racing cars, boats and planes. Roy was especially thrilled to ride them fast and won many races on land, water and in the air. Roy and Doril’s marriage ended years after raising their large, beautiful family together.
In 2008, Roy married the love of his life Darlene Bartlett from Monterey, California. They shared nine happy years together.
Roy was predeceased by his wife Darlene, his parents; Walter and Martha, his siblings; Pat, Ethel, Sam, Twoena, Bill and Ruby, one son-in-law Anthony (Tony) B. Fugal, grandchildren; Christina Rose Watson, David James Norton, Shadrach Fugal and Aaron and Benson Cook (Clark).
He is survived by Doril Watson, the mother of his children, his children; Mary Fugal (Tony), Roy Watson Jr. (Jerna) Spring City UT, Martha Phelon (Stephen Sr) Lindon UT, Debany Henriksen (Bruce) Salem UT, John Watson (Elaine) American Fork UT, Craig Watson Draper UT, Wendy Farnsworth (Steve) Bountiful UT, Steven Watson (Beckyann) Orem UT, Necia Clark Winnemucca NV, William âBillã (Aurora Phuong) Watson and Crystal Norton (Jeff) American Fork UT. In addition, Roy is survived by 63 grandchildren (53 of whom are married), 140 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
The family would like to thank even more Lynn, Bonnie and Carolyn of Payson’s RoseStone Manor and Sasha, Stacey, Natalie and Joe of Yarrow Hospice, and many others we may have inadvertently overlooked, for your kindness and loving care. of our father. We couldn’t have aged our dad without you!
A visitation will be held Friday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Utah Valley Mortuary, 1966 W 700 N Lindon, Utah. His celebration of life will be on Saturday, February 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Lindon Community Center Gymnasium, 25 N Main Street Lindon, Utah. Burial with military honors will follow immediately at Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, 500 N 100 W Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.