Born June 2, 1935, died peacefully on August 11, at home in Mountain View, surrounded by his family. He died of complications of Parkinson’s Disease after a courageous 15-year battle.
Tim was the beloved husband of 55 years to his college sweetheart, Ann. He was born in Boulder, Colorado to Robert J. and Gretchen Warren Watson, and was the eldest of 5 children.
As a young boy, Tim attended St. Thomas Choir School in New York City, and later graduated from Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He went on to receive a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rice University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. It was in Chicago, 1959, that he met the love of his life, and they married soon after in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He began his career in the semiconductor industry by joining a fledgling Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas, as part of the original integrated circuit development team. Tim later moved into marketing of silicon material in the original sales management group at Applied Materials. He returned to the supply side of the industry when he joined Monsanto Electronics Materials division in 1989 as a senior sales manager. Outside of his career, Tim was a true Renaissance man. He loved his garden, maintaining his own landscaping, vegetable garden, and collection of fruit trees at his home of 35 years in Los Altos. He was an avid home chef, and could have been a professional musician, playing piano and organ by ear, and singing in the Christ Episcopal Church choir until Parkinson’s eventually stole his voice. With his wife and family, he was able to see much of the world, traveling to over 30 countries.
Tim was a loving and gentle father to his three children, and dearly loved and enjoyed his 5 grandchildren. His love of family will be his greatest legacy, and he will be deeply missed by everyone fortunate enough to have known him. He is survived by his wife, Ann, his children, Cynthia, Charles, and Cary, and his grandchildren: Charles, Andrew and Emily Watson of Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Jack and Abigail Clark of Mountain View. He is also survived by two sisters, Susan Wright of Sherman Oaks, CA, and Janet Jones of New York, NY, and two brothers, Robert Watson of El Paso, TX and Ralph Watson of Austin, TX.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, Los Altos, in September. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Parkinson’s Institute at 675 Almanor Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085.