In Memory

Raymond Watts - Class Of 1962

Raymond Watts

Raymond Kenton Watts
1943 - 2017

Nov. 14, 1943 — Jan. 5, 2017

Raymond Kenton Watts, Lt Col (retired), 73, died unexpectedly of a possible pulmonary embolism on January 5, 2017.

Born in Compton, California on November 14, 1943, he and his immediate family lived in Lebanon from 2000 to 2010. His parents were longtime Lebanon residents.


He was a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He also obtained a Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas, and a second Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Oregon in Education. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a Bomb/Navigator on the B-52 and flew as an F-4 backseater in Vietnam on a second tour.

After his retirement he began teaching. He taught in the Lebanon School District as a math teacher and a middle school classroom teacher. His last years teaching were in a Charter Alternative High School teaching math again. He was awarded “2016 Teacher of the Year” out of the 12 high schools under their charter.

He was preceded in death by his parents Colonel (retired) Ralph K Watts and Minnie Cooper Watts; and youngest brother Robert Watts, all of Lebanon.


He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Suzie Watts; brother Charles Watts and wife Leslie; son Kenton Watts and wife Emma; two daughters, Martha Watts and Sydney Noh; and three grandchildren, Kenton James, Margaret May, and Jordan Wind Watts.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Raymond very much.