Robert Dennis Watson

May 31, 1949 - July 3, 2020

RIDGECREST, Calif. —On July 3, Dennis passed away in Ridgecrest, California, at the age of 71.

He was born on May 31, 1949, in Mountain View, Wyoming, and was raised on the family ranch south of Fort Bridger. He attended schools in Mountain View, Wyoming, graduating in 1967.

Dennis then attended the University of Wyoming and participated in ROTC, and upon graduation, was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the USAF and attended flight school after which he served as a weapons officer and navigator flying F4’s and F16 fighter jets. His call sign was always “Cowboy” and all his friends call him that also.

After the Air Force, he flew for the California Air National Guard where he retired in 1992, with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After his retirement, he remained in California working for various defense contractors. He lived in California until his death. He acquired a wonderful California family that was from the Catholic Church he was active with from the China Lake Naval Air station and Air National Guard.

His hobbies included archeology and astronomy.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and fraternal grandparents; father, John Delaware Watson and mother, Ida A “Stevens” Watson; and brother, James Michael Watson.

Dennis is survived by his brother and wife, John Daniel (Pat) Watson; sister-in-law, Terry Watson; four nephews, one niece and 16 grand-nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be held Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 10 a.m. for the family at St. Helens Catholic Church in Fort Bridger and will be followed at 11 a.m. by a public graveside service at the Fort Bridger Cemetery with full military honors. To express condolences to the family please go to


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