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Donald "Don" Watson '56 January 10, 2020 1:58 PM updated: January 10, 2020 2:05 PM

McCauley Funeral Home obituary
101 E Decherd St
P.O. Box 454
Franklin, Texas 77856
P: 979-828-3246
F: 979-828-5549

Donald Albert Watson
January 06, 1934 - January 07, 2020

Donald Albert Watson was born on January 6, 1934 in McAllen, Texas to his parents, Roy and Angelina Watson. He passed to his heavenly home with family by his side on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in his home at the age of 86 years.

Don was a 1952 graduate of Franklin High School, graduating salutatorian of his class. During his high school athletic career he earned 18 letters in sports. Don attended Texas A&M University. He played football for the Aggies and attended the Junction Camp in 1954. He was a distinguished Military Honor graduate of Texas A&M University class of 1956. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne as a Captain. Don coached football at Virginia Tech, University of Houston, Tulane University, University of South Carolina, and Texas A&M University. In 1969, he joined L.G. Balfour and Taylor Publishing Company and after 26 years he retired in 1995. He married Mary Helen Bethune on March 13, 1996 in Madisonville, Texas. They made their home in The Woodlands, Texas. He was of the Christian faith. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Angelina Watson and son, Robert “Bobby” Donald Watson.

Don is survived by his wife of almost 24 years, Mary Watson of The Woodlands. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Lee Watson Horton and her husband David Horton of Tyler and his daughter, Kellee Leeann Walker of The Woodlands. He is also survived by his brother, Richard “Dick” Watson of Franklin and his three grandchildren, Dylan Watson, Cailyn Watson, and Travis Walker.



Services will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. at the Franklin United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Franklin Cemetery.
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Junction Boy Don Watson dies
(Bryan-College Station) Eagle Staff Report Jan 7, 2020

Don Watson, one of Texas A&M’s fabled Junction Boys, died Tuesday at his home in The Woodlands, according to a family friend.

Watson, who graduated from Franklin, was among 35 players who survived the 10-day training camp in Junction in 1954 under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. They laid the foundation for the 1956 team that won the Southwest Conference championship.

The 5-foot-11, 155-pound Watson played halfback, lettering from 1954-56. He led them in punt and kickoff returns in 1954 and in punt returns in ’56.

Watson, who turned 86 on Monday, coached at Virginia Tech, Tulane, South Carolina and A&M before retiring in 1971 and getting into sales.


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