Cecil Watson Jr., age 77, passed away on March 21, 2020 in Sacramento. He was the husband of Marla Watson, and they shared 49 years of marriage together. He was born in Blocker, Okla., and raised in Oxnard, Calif. since he was four. He was the son of Cecil Watson Sr., and Ruth Hendrickson. He graduated from Oxnard High School in 1960. He worked at Camarillo State Hospital for more than 30 years in the laundry and print shop before transferring to Porterville State Hospital where he worked in the print shop and then retired in 2000 when he moved to Herald.
Cecil enjoyed racing and NASCAR, hunting, fishing, playing poker, and classic cars. He loved sitting with friends for hours on the Herald Store Porch and just “shooting the bull”, Nerds candies, drumstick ice creams from Gunthers, cheering on his grandkids and their teammates from the soccer sidelines, and family gatherings. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, kind heart, calling it like he sees it, love of his family, “stirring the pot” at times, and use of idioms.
Surviving Cecil are his wife, Marla Watson; children, Denise and Anthony Lucero, Darren Watson, and Michelle and Kevin Lewis; sister, Billie Morin; grandchildren, LeAnna Lucero, Meghan Wright, Cheyenne Lewis and Dakota Lewis.
There was a private graveside service on Friday, March 27 at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.