Franklin N. Watson
July 17, 1947  -  September 16, 2018

Franklin N. Watson

First Baptist Church
420 S. Bliss
Dumas, TX  79029
Friday, September 21, 2018
2 P.M.
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Northlawn Memorial Gardens
4 miles north
Dumas, TX  79029
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Frank N. Watson, 71, of Dumas, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018. The funeral service is scheduled for 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, September 21, 2018 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Howe officiating assisted by Walt Olson. Interment will follow in Northlawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Morrison Funeral Directors.

Franklin Ney Watson was born on July 17, 1947 in Bynum, Texas to Ney Franklin and Ruby Mae (Waller) Watson. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1965 and attended Hill Junior College. On June 21, 1968 he was united in marriage to Judy Branscome in Hillsboro, Texas. The couple then moved to Stephenville, Texas where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from Tarleton State College in 1969. Frank started his teaching career with Whitney ISD in Whitney, Texas and then began his vocational agriculture teaching career in 1970 with China Spring High School where he continued until 1979.

In 1979, Frank moved his family to Dumas, Texas to begin his career in animal health pharmaceutical sales with Tufts and Son of Amarillo, Texas and then later with Brawley Cattle Supply of Dumas. In 1986 he continued his pharmaceutical sales career with Micro Beef Technologies of Amarillo, retiring in August of 2014 and known to many as “Fair Frank the Feeder’s Friend”.

Frank was an avid amatuer calf roper who felt that calf roping and rodeoing was his lifestyle and not his hobby. Frank loved putting on calf ropings, 16 man tournaments, breakaway ropings and the occasional roping school at the Frank Watson Arena for 28 years with the last one being held in 2012. He always had a good working border collie by his side and a good calf horse. He continued to love the sport and support calf ropers of all ages until his death.

He was a loving granddaddy who took great pride in watching his grandchildren in any and all of their activities. He was fun loving and always the life of the party. He was a lifelong teacher of “Life” to everyone around him. This was exhibited by his yearly appearance as Santa Claus to help deliver gifts to needy children for the Dumas Noon Lions Club. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Dumas.

On June 21, 2018 he celebrated 50 years of marriage to the love of his life by renewing their wedding vows at the The Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, NV.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Bonnie.

He is survived by his wife, Judy of the home; daughters Kelly and husband Peyton Legg of Dumas, Kandi and husband Jared Dodson of Canadian, TX; grandchildren James and John Franklin Legg of Lubbock, TX and Kensie Dodson of Canyon, TX; sisters Sharon and husband Dick Dougherty of Arlington, TX, Barbara and husband Jim Dickinson of Luling, TX and brother Gary Watson and wife Debbie of Liberty Hill, TX.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Assadour Assadourian with the Cardiology Center of Amarillo for giving Frank 12 extra years with his family and friends.

The family suggests with gratitude, that memorials be made to: First Baptist Church, PO Box 617, Dumas, TX 79029; Moore County Junior Livestock Association, PO Box 518, Dumas, TX 79029; Cowboy Classic Rodeo Association, PO Box 595, Dumas, TX 79029.


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  1. Garry and Lisa Jones
    Dumas, TX

    Sending prayers to you and your family!! Sorry for your loss!! He will be missed by many!!

  2. Lili Jimenez
    Decatur, TX

    Kelly , Kandi, and family , I'm very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you with sweet memories.

  3. Molly Hutches
    Dumas, TX

    Judy and family, My deepest condolences to you and all your family. Praying for peace and comfort.
    Molly Hutches

  4. Rev. Johnny & Maribel Valenzuela
    Dumas, TX

    So sorry for your loss mrs judy, may God Invade your space in your season. From your family at R/M Ministries, our deepest condolences and prayers.
    Love Ya

  5. Jerrie Howe
    Amarillo, TX

    Judy, Kelly and all family members. I am very sorry for your loss. May God keep His loving arms around each and every one of you during this time.

  6. Greg wade
    China spring, TX

    I’m sorry for your loss. He was a good friend to my family for a long time. My prayers to you

  7. Billine Solomon
    Dumas, TX

    I am so sorry for this great loss. We are praying for you.

  8. Cherie Coaly
    Dumas, TX

    Judy and family,
    So sorry about your loss. We know that you have so many precious memories that will carry you through the hard times.
    Justin and Cherie

  9. Dickie Wallace Ocean View - Norfolk , Virginia
    Norfolk, VA

    I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathies during this most difficult time and the days ahead.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you All .

  10. John and Amber Graves
    Sunray, TX

    We are Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with y’all.

  11. John Sykes
    Lamar, CO

    Sorry to hear about Frank. Hell of a guy and a little onery to. Be proud of the many lives he's touched and made an impact on. Sorry I can't make it Friday, work calls, but know that my family and I love you and hope to see you soon.
    John, Danielle, Jade, & Jozlyn Sykes

  12. Barry Dickens
    Canyon Lake, TX

    To the Watson family I am truly sorry for your loss. Mr. Watson was my ag teacher at China Spring HS from 1974-1978. He made an impression on me, in more ways than one. Sometimes with a paddle. I have a 15 yr old son that is in FFA now and I was at their booster club meeting last night and I honestly thought about Mr. Watson. May God bless and comfort you.

  13. Glenna Whitley
    Dumas, TX

    Dear Judy and family,
    Thinking of ya'll and praying for your family. So sorry for your loss.
    Glenna and Wes Whitley

  14. Burl Shelton
    Aquilla, TX

    Judy and family I am sadden by your loss just remembering the good old days at the lumber yard, FFA Convention and Ag Teacher's conf.Heaven will never be the same when he meets Ervin Keeton there.May God bless you all

  15. Tom Blakeney
    Canyon, TX

    Remembering all the good times. Thankful for the memories. Very sorry for your loss.

  16. Les Brice
    Amarillo, TX

    So sorry for you loss. He will be missed.

  17. Ronnie & Rema Collier
    Hereford, TX

    We are very sorry for your loss. May God hold you in his hands as you grieve.

  18. Rene CASTRO

    Truly sorry for your loss. Mr. Watson was a very good man. Enjoyed having the opportunity to have know and worked with him. Deeply saddened. My deep condolences to the family.

  19. Derrick & Haupe Lanham
    Channing, TX

    Sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

  20. Diana Smith
    Dumas, TX

    To all the Watson family, praying God wraps you in His loving arms in this time. He is your strength & salvation. God bless you all. Kevin & Diana Smith

  21. Melissa Mack
    Raton, NM

    Judy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. You all, always treated us like family every fall when we travelled to come "play" at your ropings! God Bless and comfort you all as you figure out living in this earthly world without Frank, and Frank will be greatly missed. Love and hugs, Wes Mack family

  22. Dick & Barbara Chumley, we are so very sad for loss
    Stratford, TX

    So very sorry

  23. Janie Starkey
    Dumas, TX

    Judy, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss for your family.

  24. Billy Azbell
    China Spring, TX

    My prayers and sympathy for the family, Frank was a great person and will be dearly missed by all the many lives he touched

  25. Jimmye and Scott walker
    Slippery rock, PA

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. May god watch over you all

  26. Randy Curtis
    Glen Rose, TX

    I truly understand , my prayers will be with you and your family.

  27. Dave & Dolly Crandall
    Weeping Water, NE

    Judy @ family--We are so sorry to hear this, prayers for all during this difficult time.

  28. Vicki Crain
    Hillsboro, TX

    Sam and I are shocked and deeply saddened by Frankie’s sudden passing. We are so very, very sorry. Please know we are praying for you and your precious family.

  29. Linda Ely
    Dumas, TX

    Judy & family I am so sorry for your loss.

  30. Jimmy & Paula Venable
    Dumas, TX

    Our deepest love, thoughts, and prayers are with Judy and all the Family now and Always...Psalm 91:11

  31. Heidi Bryant
    Canyon, TX

    May God bless you and keep you. He was loved by many and it surely shows as I see all the posts. God bless and my deepest sympathy to all!

  32. Heath & Kim Rousser
    Sunray, TX

    Kelly, Kandi & your families, sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  33. Eddy and Linda Godfrey
    Dumas, TX

    So very sorry for your loss. Please know y’all are in our prayers....

  34. Zelda Sheldon
    Boerne, TX

    My words can not tell you how sorry l am for the loss of your wonderful man! He will be missed by so many forever! He touched so many lives.. WHAT A MAN!!❤️🙏

  35. Carrie Thomas
    Georgetown, TX

    Judy, Kandi, my heart breaks for you. Much love and prayers.

  36. Jeannita Ellison
    Canadian, TX

    Frank was one of a kind. He will be missed by so many. Praying for peace and comfort during this time and the days ahead. God bless.

  37. Belynda Jolly
    Dumas, TX

    Judy I am so sorry to hear this. We will be keeping all of you in our prayers. I love you to pieces. Praying for comfort and understanding.

  38. Sonja McAnally
    Canadian, TX

    I’m so very sorry! Frank was an amazing man and my Birthday buddy! Prayers and love for you all!!

  39. Delbert & Jane Thomas
    Guymon, OK

    We are so very sorry to learn of our Buddy's passing. Great guy and good friend. May the Lord send special comfort to all of you. In sympathy & friendship, Delbert & Jane

  40. Carl Watson
    Dumas, TX

    We are so sorry for your loss.

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