Vernon - Byron Mark Watson, Jr., 91, of Huckle Hill Road, Vernon, died Friday, July 13, 2018 at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, New York following a brief illness.
Mr. Watson was born in Spencer, Massachusetts on June 20, 1927, the son of Byron Sr. and Ethel (Mills) Watson. He was raised and educated in Washington, New Hampshire, moving to Brattleboro in 1947.
He was employed as a truck driver for Suburban Propane in Brattleboro for 28 years, retiring in 1988. Previously, he worked at the former Crosby Milling Company and Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates in Brattleboro.
He was a veteran of the Korean War proudly serving in the U.S. Army in the mortar division. He was honorably discharged from active service in 1951 and was a member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5.
Byron enjoyed the outdoors, continually working to improve his home, gardening, mowing lawns and time shared with his family. He was known for his strong work ethic, “Yankee Ingenuity” and ability to fix or repair just about anything.
On December 6, 1952 at First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro, he was married to Marion Elizabeth Martin, who survives. The couple moved to Vernon where they remained for over 65 years. They attended local churches, making Vernon Union Church their home for many years where their children and grandchildren also attended.
Besides his faithful and devoted wife, he leaves two sons, Randall D. Watson of Brewster, Massachusetts and Eric C. Watson and his wife Lisa (Lascore) of Ballston Spa, New York; one daughter, Dianne E. LaValley and her husband David of Vernon; one sister, Virginia Bragg of East Montpelier; two grandchildren, Erica E. and Lucas R. Watson, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Ruth Stark, Dorothy Wilson and Harriett Streeter and his best friend and brother-in-law, Robert Bragg.
A memorial service will be conducted Friday at 2:00 P.M. at Vernon Union Church on Ft. Bridgman Road (Rte. 142). A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 or to Rescue Inc., PO Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.