Frederick M. Watson
Frederick M. Watson
Frederick M. Watson, 70, formerly of Sonoma, died May 3, 2012, at his home in Hudson, Mass.
He is survived by his three daughters, Katherine Marty (Kenneth), of Petaluma, April Patterson (Morgan), of Los Angeles, and Rebecca Lammi (Christopher), of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Patricia and Tyler Marty and Max Patterson; sister, Joyce Coletti (Ed), of Santa Rosa; brother, Michael Watson (Marci). of Fairfax, Va.; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and his devoted companion, Erica Stoermer. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Evelyn Watson, of Sonoma.
Born in Vineburg and raised in Sonoma, Fred graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1959. He earned a BS and MS in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of New Mexico Albuquerque. He had an adventurous spirit and loved riding his motorcycle.
He joined the United States Navy in 1960, serving for 9-1/2 years, including deployments to the Philippines and Vietnam.
Fred was employed for more than 20 years with Digital Equipment Corporation as a computer programmer and manager.
He and his wife, Margaret, lived in various places during their 31-year marriage, including Pittsburg, Phoenix, New Mexico, Chicago, and finally ending in Holliston, Mass. in 1986. In recent years he worked as a computer programmer for AdminSports.
Fred loved soccer and coached all three of his daughters in town teams. He later organized adult women’s teams in Eastern Massachusetts.
He played the guitar, enjoyed cooking, working with computers, and spending time with his three girls and their children.
Private inurnment will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Garden in Sonoma, on Sunday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a memorial gathering at Depot Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Fred’s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org.