Passing of Walter Watton

Walter H. Watton passed away on October 15, 2018 at his home in Yreka. He was 77 years old. Walt was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Richard and Esther Watton. He was one of seven children, survived by his only sister, Ramona Doran. Walt joined the U.S. Navy, which landed him in San Diego. While there, he met the love of his life Judith Stark, whom he married in 1965. He is the beloved father or three, Ramona, Richard, and Rhonda. He also has seven treasured grandchildren and two adored great grandchildren.

Walt was a hard working man that put in and retired after 25 years with the California Department of Forestry, where they nicknamed him as “Pappy.” He put in 42 years with the Elks Lodge, where he joined in El Cajon Lodge #1812 in 1976, demitted and transferred to Yreka Lodge #1980 in 1983. In 1999, Walt became an Honorary Life Member.

Walt Enjoyed traveling, chili cook–offs, and devoted his time to helping others. He loved his family above all else. He was understanding, non judgmental, and enjoyed life to the fullest. Walt lost his battle to cancer, and will be missed by many. there will be a memorial held at the Yreka Elks Lodge #1980 on Monday Oct. 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Bar opens at 1:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be made at Girdner Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.


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