Rodney Dale Watkins
A lover of life. Father to beauty.
Talented in many dimensions.
Rod unexpectedly passed away at the age of 53 at his home in Las Vegas, Nev. January 4, 2014. Born September 20, 1960, Paul and LaVaughn Watkins, along with three eager faces, awaited to show Rod what life was really about. Brothers, Ted and Tim Watkins along with sister, Rebecca Watkins Accarino, enjoyed life with him providing adventures, stories, and memories that many of us wish we could have been part of.
Rod lived most of his life in Medford, Ore. and eventually became a 1977 graduate of Crater High School. After this, Rod's drive would be the characteristic that would carry him on the journey for the remainder of his life. He served faithfully in the U.S. Air Force for six years. In 1980 he married Ellen Coffin Watkins, in which they shared life for 26 years. Together they had three magnificent children: Summer Watkins Helm, Tyson Watkins, and Chad Watkins. Rod's adoration for fatherhood was evident at all times. Along with his busy life at home, Rod owned and managed many successful businesses, becoming a regional expert in Washington and Oregon in regards to Business Management.
When he was not focusing on home or work, Rod was able to enjoy many things. He loved boating, the beaches, camping, skiing, he had a love for flying and cooking, in which he was almost always accompanied by family and friends. This eventually would turn to enjoying the addition of new family members. Summer and son-in-law, Ben Helm, gifted Rod two gorgeous granddaughters, Taelynn and Edahlia. Chad, along with Amanda Pepperling, provided a dazzling family with the addition of granddaughter, Haisley. As time passed, he would eventually lose his beloved grandmother, Winnie L. Foltz. As you can see Rod was blessed with a family that is growing ever so much. His memories with them will be around forever.
In time, Rod's story would eventually place him in Las Vegas, Nev. His life was blessed with many more accompaniments. Best friend and partner, Steven Bailey; his dogs, Buddy, Morgan, and Sophie; and his cats, Atticus and Charity, were always there for him as he finished his story. Rod would have wanted everyone to know that he found peace and that any suffering he had has finally ended. Please join the family in celebrating Rod's life.
A viewing for Rod will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2014 at Perl Funeral Home in Siskiyou Memorial Park, with a graveside service to follow at 1:00 p.m.