Wallace Wayne Watkins
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Obituary

Wallace Wayne Watkins

03/31/1924 - 10/29/2018

Wallace Wayne Watkins, 94, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was born in La Grande, OR to an Oregon Trail pioneer family. His Grandfather James Henry Watkins was a wagon train scout who brought over his future Grandmother, Margaret Boyer, and her family to settle in the Oregon Country. He went to high school at Klamath Union where he was a star basketball and tennis player and met the mother of his children, Lavonne Hodge. He did many things in his life, from logging, to real estate, to writing stories and scripts, to finding locations for movies in Southern Oregon. He was involved in nearly every aspect of the 1983 movie "Sacred Ground" which was filmed entirely in Oregon and was honored to work with Klamath Tribal members, including Edison Chiloquin, for casting in the film. In 1960 he had the honor to drive his white Lincoln convertible for then Senator John F. Kennedy, the Grand Marshall for the Pear Blossom Parade. As a younger man he even sang in a nightclub in San Francisco with legendary singer Lena Horne. He was a true outsdoorsman who loved nature and was an avid fisherman. He especially loved fly fishing and his creel was never empty. His favorite place in recent years was his beloved Williamson River Ranch, which holds many great family memories. His great stories have charmed many and he truly never met a stranger. He is survived by his Beloved wife of 39 years, Brenda, his five daughters, one son, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents Arthur and Bessie and his sister Pauline. He always wanted to be remembered by "He loved his family". He will be buried at Siskiyou Memorial Park, next to his parents. Memorial donations in his honor can be made to The Maslow Project.

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Published in the Mail Tribune
on November 4, 2018
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