Claire T. Watson

June 19, 1941 ~ February 4, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Claire Watson Obituary

On February fourth, 2024, Claire Watson, succumbed to a years long battle with lung disease. She departed this earth peacefully at her home in Colorado Springs. She was 82.

Claire was born on June 19, 1941 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Clair Saltzman and Genevieve O’Donnell Tozer. Her family soon moved to York, Pennsylvania where, in fourth grade she met her lifelong friend and future husband of 60 years, Geoff Watson. She graduated from York Business College and on August 29, 1964, she married Geoff and moved to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, for Geoff’s senior year at Susquehanna University. Then on to Philadelphia where her first son, Rob was born, and the beginning of her life as an Air Force wife. Through assignments in England, where her second son, Phillip was born, then on to Virginia ( twice), Mississippi, Colorado ( twice ) she managed the home front, raised two boys ( and assorted pets ), endured extended separations, and still found time to contribute to the military mission as a volunteer. She was named “Air Force Wife of the Year” at Keesler Air Base, MSAndthen wife of the year for all of Air Training Command.

As her boys grew older, she reentered the workforce, first at Air Academy High School in the counseling office where she became affectionately known as “Mom” to the students. Upon reassignment to the DC area she began work at Kaman Sciences,where she built a thriving conference business for the national defense nuclear community. Building on that success, she developed and served as program manager for large Open Source Intelligence Programs that supported both the national defense and intelligence agencies. She did this for ITT, Lockheed Martin,and Northrop Grumman.

She retired in 2005 and moved with Geoff back to Colorado, settling in Woodland Park and quickly becoming involved in the community. She has served as President of the Ute Pass Social Club, board member and logistic chair for Symphony Above the Clouds, board member of the Woodland Music Series, and choir member of the Mountain View United Methodist Church.

Claire loved and had a connection with animals and was a licensed wildlife rescue and rehabilitation volunteer, spending many hours nurturing injured and abandoned squirrels and returning them to the wild. She applied her training in the homeopathic therapies of Reiki and Craniosacral for friends and family (mostly pets), and was a practicing animal communicator, assisting friends with their pet issues. Throughout her life she always strived to have a positive impact in the lives of others.

She loved traveling, riding her Harley Davidson(s), Bridge, and spending time with those she loved. Claire was a remarkable woman. Claire is survived by husband, Geoff; sons and their wives Rob and Christina Watson and Phillip and Scheila Watson. She has eight grandchildren, one deceased; and nine great grandchildren, one deceased.

Celebration of Life services will be held at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 1101 Rampart Range Road, Woodland Park, Colorado on Saturday February 17th at 11:00 am.

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Celebration of Life
February 17, 2024

11:00 AM
Mountain View United Methodist Church
1101 Rampart Range Road
Woodland Park, Colorado 80863