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Carl J. Watson
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • Posted November 20, 2013

Carl James Watson, 74, of Mason, TX, passed away at his home, November 13, 2013. Carl was born January 15, 1939, in Comanche, TX, the son of Carl Edward “Jiggs” Watson and Dieletta Hickey Watson.

Carl lived most of his early life in West Texas, graduating from Midland High School in 1957. He grew up playing old time country music with family members and continued throughout his life working in music. He shared stories of playing with Roy Orbison, recording at Sun Studios in Memphis and being a guest at Elvis’ Graceland. His songs were recorded by Bill Anderson and Darrell McCall and he continued writing music into his final days. Carl will also be remembered for his quick wit, and love for Colorado mountains and Jeep trails.

He excelled at a variety of jobs with his engineering and mechanical talents, including his design of the videotape “Quikdrop” for Blockbuster Video stores. The success of his design enabled him to open his own metal fabrication company, Jenco Fabricators. Carl often said he could fix anything except a broken heart.

He married Janet “Jenny” Atherton Watson in 1960 in Midland. They had three sons together, David, Daryl and Brian. After Jenny’s death in 2000, he married Jackie Jamerson Dodson Watson, on October 29, 2003.

Carl was preceded in death by wife Jenny, parents C.E. and Dieletta Watson, sister Pat Gideon and granddaughter Lauren Watson.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Watson of Mason. He is also survived by four sons: David Watson of Mason; Daryl and his wife Petra of Mason; Brian and his wife Rachelle of Alvin, TX; and Dereck Dodson and his wife Stacey of Fort Worth. Carl had eleven surviving grandchildren: Melina and her husband Jody Porter of Fort Worth; James, Joseph and Molly Watson of Alvin; Zen Steward, Carlos and Brennan Watson of Mason; Tiffany, Roger, Glenn and David Dodson of Fort Worth. His surviving great-grandchildren are Evie, Cheyanne and Josey Porter; Dennis Gray, Emily and Erriana Barrera. Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Tina Jamerson Wilson of Fredericksburg; brother-in-law David Atherton and his wife Linda of Houston; sister-in-law Gail Atherton Goyette and her husband Eddie of Round Rock; nephews Courtney and Tom Gideon of Midland; nieces Teresa Eells and Amy Goyette of Round Rock. And special cousin Martha and her husband Carl Hix of Kerrville.

The family also wishes to thank Carl’s doctor and friend, Rad Kothmann, MD., Fredericksburg Clinic.

Services were held at Mason First Baptist Church, Saturday, November 16, at 11 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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