Willy "Don" Watchman
To Willy Watchman, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For "Don", bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. "Don" really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.
His parents were Richard and Eugenie Watchman. "Don" was raised in Holland. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn't help but capture everyone's attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.
Always a good playmate, "Don" was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, "Don" managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. "Don" was raised with five siblings. He had Hank, Andre, George, Rudy, and Betty.
All of "Don's" playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, "Don" experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in soccer.
The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made "Don" very easy to approach. On June 14, 1975 "Don" exchanged wedding vows with Lillian Kazazian at Little White Chapel of Las Vegas, Nevada. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people's feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.
Perhaps the reason "Don" related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a "kid at heart" helped him in raising his own children. "Don" was blessed with three children, one son, Christopher, and two daughters Kitty and Christina. "Don" had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that's where all of his attention was directed. "Don's" compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, "Don" had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.
At work, as in life, "Don" was a real "people person." He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. "Don" liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, "Don" was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. "Don's" talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see "Don" as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was a salesman; music in piano and organ business. He was employed for Sherman Way, Organ Exchange, and Piano City for 18 years, and Colten Piano for 2 years.
"Don" enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An "arts and crafts" type, "Don" liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were recording by playing his guitar and piano to his favorite songs. "Don" was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.
"Don" felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn't the best, "Don" loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. "Don" relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, "Don" never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. "Don" was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were soccer and boxing.
Living life in the fast lane suited "Don" just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Laughlin, Nevada.
"Don" was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of "Don's" favorite was Princess, a Peking's. They were best friends for 8 years. His family was rounded out by Ginger, a German Shepherd.
"Don" believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2010, "Don" took it in stride as one more way to have fun. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, "Don" remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in going to the mall with his granddaughter Chrystal to play arcade games. Even in retirement, "Don" continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.
He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. Services were held at the Sunset Chapel in Oakdale Mortuary. "Don" was laid to rest in Oakdale Memorial Park in Glendora, California.
"Don" brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Willy Watchman lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.
Oakdale Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Maintained by: Sonia Smith
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Record added: Oct 09, 2011
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Hi Papie it such a nice day out today, been thinking about you and wish you were still here with us. Your Great Grandson Noah will be 7 soon and Austin is now 7 months old. I will be out very soon to see you again and bring you some nice flowers.Miss you ...(Read more)|
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Happy Birthday Willy. Keep a watch over your daughter Sonia as she misses you so very much.|
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Hi PapieI have been thinking about all our wonderful times together when I was a little girl. I still can't believe you are gone. Much love you daughter Sonia!|
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