Obituaries

Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2001

James 'Jim' Sutherland Watson

Former Juneau resident James "Jim" Sutherland Watson, 74, died Jan. 2, 2001, in Ketchikan, after a long illness.

Watson was born Dec.11, 1926, in Moscow, Idaho. He served in the Navy and earned a bachelor's degree from Penn State University in 1948 and a master's degree from Yale in 1949. He married in 1952 in McCall, Idaho.

He and his family moved to Juneau in 1966 after accepting a position as timber staff officer with the Forest Service. In 1973, they moved to Petersburg for his new position as forest supervisor. He received an award from President Lyndon Johnson for his system of sample log scaling.

Watson retired in 1982. He and his wife lived in Thorne Bay until her health required them to move to Ketchikan, where she became a resident of the Ketchikan Pioneer Home. This past summer, Watson's failing health led to his moving to the Pioneer Home.

He loved Southeast Alaska and enjoyed flying his airplane. He also enjoyed sailing and skiing, and he ran in the first Tongass Narrows Marathon. One of his adventures was traversing the Mendenhall Ice Cap on cross-country skis with a group of friends. He was an avid downhill skier and was a member of the National Ski Patrol in Montana and Juneau.

He was preceded in death by his son, Bill Watson, in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Betti Watson of Ketchikan; daughters Kerry Watson of Ketchikan, Becky Vinton of Nashua, Mont., and Pat Frantz of Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.; brother William Watson of Greenbelt, Md.; and nine grandchildren.

A celebration of Watson's life was held Jan. 6, in Ketchikan.

Donations are encouraged to any charity.

Joe Mabry Greer

Fairbanks and former Juneau resident Joe Mabry Greer died Jan. 29, 2001, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. He was 74.

He was born Nov. 12, 1926, in Vandalia, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the Army he attended Northwestern University. He moved to Fairbanks in 1975 and moved to Juneau in 1987 where he remained for 13 years until moving back to Fairbanks.

He was a member of the Shriners, a 32nd-degree Mason and attended the United Methodist Church. His hobbies were woodworking, golf and more golf. He loved nothing better than a good game of golf and won numerous trophies. His later years were spent making clubs for family members since he was not able to play.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Frank and Lila Greer. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Edith Greer of Fairbanks; daughter Deborah Blemke and her husband Jerry; son David Greer and his wife Yvonne; son Mark Greer and his wife Bonnie, all of Fairbanks; grandchildren Sean and Corrie Fenderson, Elias and Meghan Blemke, Matthew and Tiffany Greer, Christina and Joey Greer and Sean Clark.

A celebration of his life was held Jan. 30 at the Greer residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Farthest North Shrine Club, P.O. Box 71088, Fairbanks, AK 99707.



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