Irving M. Watson, Jr. went home on March 12, 2007, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born to Irving M. Watson, Sr. and Deborah White Watson on October 13, 1923 in Naples, Texas.
Dr. Watson served in World War II as a B-24 pilot with the 8th Army Air Corps in England. He was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.
Irv married Bettye Newton in 1948, and following medical school, they moved to Conroe where Irv began his medical practice in 1954 with Dr. Deane L. Sadler. Dr. Watson is known, along with Dr. Walter D. Wilkerson, as a co-founder of the Sadler Clinic. Dr. Watson was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Conroe, in which he served actively until his illness.
Dr. Watson was preceded in death by his sister, Mauriete Hassell and his brother, J. Fred Watson. Dr. Watson is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bettye Watson; children, David R. Watson of Longview, Stephen Watson and wife, Robin, of Tucson, AZ, R. Deane Watson of Grapeland, and Carol Jean Watson of Conroe; grandchildren, Jonathan M. Watson of Pearl, MS, Heather Watson Greider of Chandler, AZ, Sgt. Russell L. Watson of Fort Riley, KS (currently serving in Iraq), Meagan T. Watson of Tucson, and Rachel S. Watson of Longview; great grandchildren, Kelsie and Kimberly Watson of Fort Riley; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 16, 2007 at 2 p.m. in First United Methodist Church of Conroe with Rev. Bill Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2007 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.