Ronald Butler Watkins
-- 1933 ~ 2010 --

A glorious reunion took place on the morning of October 24, 2010, as our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, Ronald Butler Watkins, embraced his parents and other loved ones awaiting him in Heaven. His physical body gave out, but his valiant spirit never would. Ronald was born February 20, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Richard Calvin Watkins and Mary Hillstead Butler. Ron had a great love for his country, serving four years in the Air Force as an air radio operator. He received his solo and private pilot licenses, and always kept an eye to the sky for planes flying overhead. At a church dance, Ron met a beautiful young lady, and on September 5, 1958, he and Mary Ella Hatch were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. They were inseparable, and mainly participated in hobbies and interests that could be enjoyed together. The way they played tennis, their favorite sport, was indicative of their feelings for one another. By plotting easy to return shots, and forgetting to keep score, they always walked away winners on the same team.

Ron graduated from BYU in 1969 with a degree in Business Management, and remained a voracious cougar football fan his whole life. He was gifted in his career path and as the regional sales representative for Motorola he was especially skilled at meeting new clients and making them friends. Business trips often became family vacations, filled with treasured memories.

He is survived by a brother, Richard Calvin (Audrey) Watkins, and a sister, Mary Elaine (Bob; deceased) Aikens. He believed that his legacy was his family, including his two sons, Ronald Butler (Julie) Watkins, Jr., Robert Ray (Stacy) Watkins, and five daughters, Dana Mary (Rand) Boshard, Deborah (Lamont; deceased) Ericson, Desiree (Craig) Lewis, Danielle (Justin) Pate, and Darcelle (James) Bromley along with 35 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren—all who live within 25 miles of his home.

His children would say that his greatest legacy was actually his devotion to and testimony of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Ronald was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and he faithfully served wherever he was called. Our legacy to him, is how deeply he is loved, and how painfully he will be missed.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Saratoga Springs Stake Center, 587 South Saratoga Springs Road, Saratoga Springs, Utah. A viewing will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the same location and an additional viewing at the church on Thursday morning from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to services. Burial will be at the Utah Veteran's Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Utah. Funeral Directors - Warenski Funeral Home of American Fork, Utah.

One of Grandpa’s great joys was to see his grandchildren serve missions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the LDS General Mission Fund.

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