Jack Watkins MBA ’71 was born in Newton, Iowa, on May 18, 1929—the only child of John Earl and Eva Lorena (Franz) Watkins—and grew up in the Midwest. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska, an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Santa Clara. Jack served on active duty in the Navy for three years. While stationed in Japan, he met his wife, Alice, who was a Navy nurse. He participated in the Naval Reserve for over 26 years, retiring as a captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Jack and Alice married on Nov. 27, 1957. Their first home was in Glendale, California, where they welcomed their first daughter, Diane, in September of 1958. They quickly added to that when Debbi was born in 1960, Donna and Doug (who passed away at 11 months from Down Syndrome) in 1961, and Linda in 1963. They had a wonderful marriage and set a great example for their daughters, who each have celebrated over 25 years of marriage. Jack spent 40 years as a professional engineer, retiring in 1994 as a vice president for Montgomery Watson Consulting Engineers. He was involved with major water quality and treatment projects in the Western United States and Canada. He served on many professional engineering organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington. Jack was appointed to the State of Washington Water Supply Advisor Committee and served on that committee for many years. In addition to his engineering career, he was involved in many community activities, serving as co-hairman of the committee for funding the new Clover Park High School as well as a trustee for Pierce College for 10 years. Jack was a member of the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club for many years, including a year as president. He became a Christian in 1955 while stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, where he and Alice were active in missionary outreach in Japan for over 30 years. He spent much of his adult life working with youth, young adults, and young married couples in several churches in California and Washington. He loved to travel, and he and Alice were able to visit many parts of the world. Jack also loved spending time with his grandchildren whenever he had a chance. Jack is survived by his wife, Alice; daughters Diane (Mark Hartenstine) and Deborah (Brian Harper); and Brian Goff and Linda and Rob Moynan; grandchildren Jessica, Stephen, Nathan, Michael, Amanda, Brett, Shannon, Leanne, John, James, and Matthew; and two great-granddaughters, Mayah and Addilynn, all whom he loved with his whole heart.

08 Nov 2018