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Bud L. Watson 3/26/1936 1/11/2017 Bud was born in Leona, Oregon March 26, 1936. He graduated from North Central High School in Spokane, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Washington; a Master of Education from Boston College; and a Master in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. A decorated veteran of the Vietnam conflict, Bud retired as a U.S. Army Artillery Officer, and later retired from teaching at both Tacoma School District and Pierce College. He was a Husky at heart and an avid Seahawks fan. A dedicated High Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he enjoyed chess, golf, travel, fishing, scouting, and inventing. Above all, he loved being with his family. Bud fought a long and courageous battle with ALS, and passed away January 11, 2017 at Madigan Army Medical Center, surrounded by loved ones. Bud is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jacqueline; children Sylvie (Ric) Hillsberg, Caroline (Kent) Rupe, Colette (Blades) Andersen, and Patrick (JoLee) Watson; twelve grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren. Bud was buried at Tahoma National Cemetery; a memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Graham, Washington. Please sign the online guest book at
Pub Date: 1/21/2017
Robert E. Martin Robert (Bob) Earl Martin, 85, passed away at his home in Puyallup, WA Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Robert was preceded in death by his wife and best friend Joan E. Martin (2006). A service will be held Monday, January 23, 2017, at 2:30 pm, Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. Robert was born in Springfield, MA November 14, 1931 to Arthur George Martin and Ethel May Kennedy. He left home at 15 to enter the military. Bob served the National Guard, the Navy, and Air Force, and traveled extensively throughout his years of service. He spent time in Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, Egypt, and Japan, and lived with his family in both England and Spain. After retiring from the military Bob worked for the Washington State Employment Security Department. He retired as Assistant State Director for the US Department of Labor, Veterans Division in Washington State. Bob, and his best friend and wife Joan, spent several years volunteering their time and energy to veterans' organizations. Robert is survived by two of his five siblings, Marion Krause, Massachusetts and David Martin, Florida; and his four children, Steven Martin (Bethany), Kalama, WA; Kathleen Pendrak (Michael), Edgewood, WA; Kelly Martin (Maureen), Bellevue, WA, and Teresa Austin, Puyallup, WA. Bob had 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by those who loved him. Should friend or family desire, in lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or any veterans organization, in remembrance of Bob.
Pub Date: 1/21/2017

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