In Memory


Greg Watkins

Gregory (Greg) Watkins, 77.  It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Greg, who peacefully departed this life on March 22, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Greg was born on January 2, 1947, in Lansing, MI, to Oscar and Frances Watkins. In 1959, Greg's family relocated to Arizona. Greg was a proud alumnus of Camelback High School and ASU. He was a devoted family man and a proud Catholic. Greg was also a proud Patriot, serving in the United States Army National Guard. He was a loving husband to Barbara, with whom he shared over 30 years of unwavering companionship, friendship, and love. Greg adored his beautiful, blended family and will be deeply missed by his children: Eric (Nicole), Todd, Darcy (Mike), Abby (Nick); his grandchildren: Michael, Janae, Braden, Mia, Eleanore, Talan, Makenna, Nylah, Davis; his nieces, nephews, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. He was a pillar of strength and wisdom, always offering guidance, support, and unconditional love to his family and friends. Greg is survived by his sisters Joyce Haver, Kathy Feeney (Pat), Paula Quan, and Pam Rowland.

In addition to his dedication to family and country, Greg had many interests and passions. He was an avid golfer and a sports enthusiast. His zest for life was contagious. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, integrity, and selflessness that will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to know him.

A funeral service to honor and celebrate Greg's life will be held at Franciscan Renewal Center at 5802 Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, on April 23 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation or First Tee, in honor of Greg's memory.

Greg touched the lives of so many and will be fondly remembered for his unwavering dedication, his gentle spirit, and his profound love for his family and country. May his soul rest in eternal peace.


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04/07/24 10:44 AM #1    

Jim Coats

I didn't know Greg in high school, but I remember him.  Energetic is a word that comes to mind.  Fortunately, I did meet him at a CHS Beer Forum and liked him immediately.  Of course, I already knew I would because of his posts on the Message Forum and some emails.  It was clear that Greg was smart, patriotic and that he loved his family.  We have lost the company of a good man but God has gained a true and decent person.  Greg will be missed by his family and his many friends.  Rest In Peace, Greg.  You left us too soon, but God needed you.

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