James (Jim) Watson

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James (Jim) Watson

February 08, 1936 - November 07, 2018

James (Jim) Watson James (Jim) M. Watson, loving husband and father, passed away on November 7, 2018, after a brief illness. Born February 8, 1936, in Memphis, TX, Jim moved with his parents to Lubbock in 1942. He attended Lubbock HS then Texas Technological College (Texas Tech), graduating with a BBA in Finance in 1958. While serving a 2-year stint in the USAF at Shaw AFB near Sumter, SC, he met and married Sara Elizabeth Wimberly in 1960.

In 1961, Jim took his bride and young son back to Lubbock where he opened a successful company providing insurance services. In 1971, Jim moved his family to Austin where he had accepted a position with the State's General Land Office. In Austin, he introduced his family to evenings and weekends boating and skiing the highland lakes, primarily Lake Travis and enjoying the burgeoning live music scene.

In 1984, with his children in college, he and Sara moved to Huntsville, TX, where he completed his career in state government with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as Director of Finance in 1994. He then worked for UTMB in Galveston where he and Sara enjoyed living near the Gulf until his retirement in 1998 when they moved back to the hill country of Medina, TX, in Bandera County. After Sara passed away in 2010, Jim moved back to Austin in 2014 where he lived near his youngest son, Sam, and his family until his death.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, parents Jeff P and Elizabeth Kennard Watson, and three sisters Geraldine, Jeanette, and Rosalyn. James is survived by his first son Jeff Watson spouse Snow and their children Samuel Christian and Sara Jane from Placitas NM, son Sam, spouse Shannon and their children Kaylea Erin and Jami Leigh, nephew, Steve Keeton of Big Spring, TX, and cousin Karen Kennard Gordon of Weimer, TX.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on December 15, 2018 at ACTS Church Lakeway, 1304 Ranch Road 620 N., Austin, TX 78734. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Medina Community Library http://www.medinacommunitylibrary.us/.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis (512) 263-1511. Remembrances may be left at www.wcfish.com.
Published on November 23, 2018
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Tom Merka
Nov 29, 2018
I had the privilege of working for Jim at TDCJ from 1989 until he went to UTMB. He was a great boss and became a good friend. While traveling, I would stop by Medina, TX to visit Jim and Sara. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family . .