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James Homer Watkins
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1928
Crane County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 5, 2004
Pagosa Springs
Archuleta County
Colorado, USA

James H. Watkins

Early Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, James Homer Watkins peacefully passed away and was ushered into the presence of his Heavenly Father after a struggle with cancer.

Jim was born April 19, 1928, in Crane, Texas, and was a resident of Pagosa Springs for over 51 years. On Oct. 1, 1941, he married Betty Phares in Alamogordo, N.M., and was married to his beloved sweetheart for 53 years.

His numerous attributes are not ones that were spoken through words, rather shown through actions. No words were needed to know his character because it was shown through his life and daily qualities. He was a man who took the difficulties in life and turned them into opportunities.

Jim served two years in the United States Navy from 1946-1948 aboard the USS Indra stationed in Shanghai, China. In 1953 he moved from Carlsbad, N.M., to Pagosa Springs and bought a ranch on the Lower Blanco. In 1958 he went to work for San Juan Lumber as a saw filer. Then, in 1964, along with his father, Ray, he started Wolf Creek Industries, where he designed the D-style log, and was the first in the state to specialize in milling house logs. Later, Gilbert Davidson and Bobby Lord became his partners, operating the business for 20 years.

The company's success was attributed to working hard hours each day and the help of many loyal employees. He also made generous donations of house logs to build numerous churches throughout the Southwest. He was a man of many talents, a creative entrepreneur who was always willing to start new ventures. In 1967 he started Wolf Creek Miniature Golf Course, and established High Country Lodge in 1988, along with the Snowball Express Tubing Hill.

For the 51 years Jim lived in Pagosa Springs he attended First Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and a leader in the church. For five years he was on the executive board of the Colorado Baptist General Convention in Denver. He was always a man who put the needs of others before him, always sacrificing himself for the good of others. He will be remembered for his strong faith, love and devotion to his family and loyalty to friends.

Jim was preceded by his parents, Ray and Thelma Watkins, his brother, Charles, and his daughter, Paula Finch.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Watkins of Pagosa Springs; his daughter, Carla Bauer and husband Paul of Pagosa Springs; his son, James and wife Linda of Pagosa Springs; grandchildren Susan Williams and husband Bob of Westminster, Calif., Steve Parkhurst and wife Tina of Bremerton, Wash., Michael Moore and wife Debbie of Pagosa Springs, Christy Porter and husband Stephen of Castle Rock, Resha and Rachel Watkins of Pagosa Springs, Jesse and Dusty Bauer of Pagosa Springs; great-grandchildren Chris and Alisha Williams, Justin, Stephanie, Paula Jean and Katie Parkhurst, Brittany Bromley, McKenna and Trevor Moore, and Jamie Porter; a sister, Chessie McBride and husband Bill of Carrollton, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was loved and befriended by many and will be greatly missed by all.

Memorial donations may be made to the Power House Youth Center, PO Box 1647, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.

The memorial service will be held 2 p.m. today, Nov. 11, 2004, at First Baptist Church of Pagosa Springs.

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  Betty Lucille Phares Watkins (1927 - 2017)*
*Calculated relationship
Hilltop Cemetery
Pagosa Springs
Archuleta County
Colorado, USA
Created by: Catalina Read Liles
Record added: May 31, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70669394
James Homer Watkins
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Uncle Jim I know you are resting in the Arms of the Savior. You are loved and missed.
- Lucile Phares/Alders Cobb
 Added: Jul. 21, 2012

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