Charles 'Chuck' Landon Watson
Charles "Chuck" Landon Watson
Chuck was born July 8, 1936 in Quinton, Okla. to Zadie Evelyn Snow and Jacob Lee Watson. He passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 after battling many forms of cancer over three decades. He was brother to Tommie Carden, Launa Shermon, Lynn Watson (deceased), Ramona Warren of Dallas, Ore., and Delores Wasson of Quinton, Okla.
Chuck is survived by the love of his life, wife, Peggy Watson; sons, Mark, David, and Buz; step-daughter, Sandy Peck and her husband, Darrell Corbin; step-son, Rod Peck and his wife, Faith; granddaughter, Ashley Watson; step-granddaughters, Andrea Jones, Erica Jones and her son, Charles (Charlie) Jones (his namesake); and his beloved dogs, Dolly, Sheeba, Gus, Lucky, Morey, and Missy. His step-grandson, Joseph Jones preceded him in death last year.
Chuck’s accomplishments in life were as numerous as they were varied. He was a U.S. Marine, teaching computer science. He earned his degree as a physicist and was a co-founder of Tri-Tek Electronics. He and Peggy went on to found what is now known as Batteries Plus Bulbs which began as Lynntronics in the late 70s in Glendale, Ariz.
Chuck’s humor entertained everyone he knew with his Okie-flavored jokes and Mensa-level wit. He always had a story to share for any topic or occasion. His enthusiasm for a great laugh was eclipsed only by his love of all things educational. If you asked him what time it was, you learned the evolution of the clock, beginning with the sun dial.
Chuck was a mentor to many over his lifetime. Especially dear to him were Jeremy England and Kee Tang. With his guidance, their lives have been enriched forever.
Chuck never met anyone he couldn’t converse with. He was fluent in at least 7 languages and understood many more. It was never enough. Studying languages was a passion of his. As was reading and learning about anything and everything. He read and studied books as old as ancient texts to modern technology.
He found his soul mate and married her March 26, 1979. Peggy and Chuck were inseparable for nearly 40 years. The love they shared was right out of a fairy tale. The life they made together was magical. So many milestones. Not short on ups and downs. But, together there was nothing they couldn’t accomplish. They shared a love of many things. The fruits of his gardening skills were the base ingredients for Peggy’s wonderful cooking. The many dogs they rescued and raised helped shape their lives as well. Chuck and Peggy loved well and enjoyed life to its fullest. Letting the rest of the world tag along was a bonus for those fortunate to have been a part of it.
That amazing love may not be the legacy he intended. But, it will live on forever in his family who learned how to love deeply from the selfless example he and Peggy shared. We are living with our own mirror image of that love that he showed us was possible. THANK YOU Chuck!
Chuck’s love of learning and the wisdom he shared with us all will never be lost. What we all managed to learn from him will be with us forever. His last written words are what we will be forever inspired by:
“COURAGE IS THE LADDER YOU USE TO CLIMB YOUR DREAMS. BUT YOU CAN’T CLIMB A LADDER WITH YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS."