Richard Crawford Watson, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Allen, Texas, while under hospice care at home.
Richard was born on Sept. 7, 1937, in Forreston, Texas. He attended school and graduated from grade school and high school in Forreston. Richard went on to graduate from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in business.
Richard loved sports, especially baseball, basketball, and football and played baseball and basketball while he attended school at Forreston. He was a referee for basketball, baseball, and softball for many years. In later years, Richard learned to enjoy and appreciate soccer while watching his granddaughters participate in soccer games and he also enjoyed any sport or activity that his granddaughters were involved in. Richard loved following the local high school football teams and was an avid supporter of the Allen Eagle football team where he was a season ticket holder for several years.
He worked in the insurance industry for most of his life and retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas after a 27-year career. Richard then started a second career as a real estate agent and always enjoyed working with people and helping them find a new home.
He was a long time member of First United Methodist church in Plano, Texas, where he enjoyed volunteering as an usher at the contemporary worship service.
Richard was a kind, caring, and loving husband, father, and Papa who will be deeply missed by his family, but leaves behind some wonderful memories that they will cherish forever.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Teresa Hansen Watson; daughter, Rhonda Watson Clifton and husband John; son Rodney Watson and wife Sharon; and two grandchildren, Hannah Clifton and Caroline Clifton.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard A. Watson and Nell LaReine Watson.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to First United Methodist Church of Plano, the American Cancer Society, the Forreston Cemetery Association or a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held for Richard at a future date.
Posted online on August 10, 2020