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Obituary: Ivan J. Watts

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Ivan J. Watts 1927 ~ 2005 "Saying goodbye is hard to do. Be loving, be kind, be true. Put your arms around each other. Stay together. Love your mother and take care of each other." Ivan J. Watts, a man we love and adore, passed peacefully from this life into his Savior's arms, in the early morning hours of August 16, 2005. Ivan was born March 4, 1927 in Kanosh, Utah, the oldest son of Wilford William Watts and Thrella Christensen Watts. Ivan married Olive Hansen for time and all eternity in the Manti temple on January 2, 1952. Ivan loved the gospel of Jesus Chris and his country. He served both honorably as a missionary in the North Central States and as a soldier in Korea. Ivan was educated in the traditional sense, earning degrees from the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and a Master's Degree from Golden State University; although, the education he treasured most came from the mountains, the desert, from everything his Heavenly Father created. Ivan had a gift for understanding and caring for animals. Throughout his lifetime, he shared this love with everyone, particularly his children and grandchildren. With Ivan, trips through the outdoors - although not always safe - were always a "Watts Adventure!" Ivan devoted his life to his family and taught them all of the things that he loved: ranching, camping, horseback riding, fishing, scouting, gardening, teaching, and above all, a love for his Savior, Jesus Christ. Ivan loved life and the opportunities it afforded him. He was an accomplished rancher and educator, and worked for the BLM and the United States Air Force. After retiring, Ivan worked as a supervisor at the Delta Center. First and foremost, however, Ivan was the last of the old-time cowboys. Ivan is survived by his devoted companion, Olive; four children: James, Thrella (Alex), Bryan, Maurice (Jan). Six grandchildren: Kimberly, Jarica, Alexis, Luke, Landen, Raquel, and one great-grandchild, Case; brothers and sisters: Gloria, Marilyn, Wanda, ReVon, Raymon, and Douglas. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 19, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. at the Little Cottonwood Sixth Ward (Brownstone Chapel), 6410 South 725 East. Friends and family are invited to call Thursday, August 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, and Friday, August 19 from 11:00-11:45 a.m. "I will end by bearing my testimony. I know the Church is true and that families can be together forever. I wouldn't have changed one moment of the past. It has been so beautiful and full of love."