Joe Wayne Watkins passed away after a hard battle with cancer on Jan. 20, 2015. He was 71 years old. He is survived by his daughters, Tania Watkins of Antioch, Calif., Sabrina Watkins of Panama City, Fla., Zoe Nicole Watkins of Kingman and Stacie Sines of Virginia; stepson David Jackson of Bowling Green, Ky.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He has three surviving nephews; Ron and Dale Bitner of Idaho and Rick Graham of Midvale, Idaho.
Joe was born in Weiser on April 26, 1943. His parents were Peter and Margret Graham. He moved to Huntington, Ore., where he went to Huntington High School, "Home of the Locomotives." He joined the Navy in 1962 and served on the USS John Hancock CV-19 until 1966. He worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Company as a welder in California until 1998 and moved to Kingman with his second wife, Susan Watkins, within the same year.
Susan Watkins passed away in April 2010. Arrangements for his final resting place will be in Midvale, Idaho.