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William Dean Watterson

July 2, 1938 ~ November 8, 2017 (age 79)

William “Bill” D. Watterson, 79, of Homedale, Idaho, passed away on November 8th, 2017 at the home of his son in Boise.

Bill was born July 2, 1938, in Nampa, Idaho. He graduated from Homedale High School  in 1956 and entered the US Navy in early 1957, serving for four years until 1961. Bill spent the majority of his adult life farming and ranching in the Homedale area.  He had a strong passion and love for the ranching lifestyle and was most at home running sheep and cattle in the Owyhee Mountains. He loved sharing this experience with family and friends during times of round-ups, gatherings and brandings.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his large extended Watterson family, at his parent’s farm in Homedale, throughout the years where his numerous nephews and nieces knew him as the fun loving “Uncle Billy”. He had a deep appreciation for the ranching history and people of Owyhee County. In 2015, Bill moved to the Boise area to live with his son and daughter in-law to be near his grandchildren and help operate their small family cattle ranch. Passing on his knowledge and spending time with his grandchildren became one of his greatest joys.  Spending time with his brother and sisters and their spouses was also something very important to him and gave him great happiness.  He looked forward to their regular, bi-weekly coffee gatherings, right up to the last month of his life.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Irene Rivett Watterson and Joseph M. Watterson.  He is survived by two sons and daughters in-law; Joe and Jill Watterson of Boise and David and Corinna Alcorta of Elko, NV, four grandchildren; Blaikley, Orlie, Lukas and Evan, six siblings; Teresa Moulton, Louise Thompson, Margaret Kay, Fred Watterson, Glenda Uranga and Susan Pritchett. A private viewing for family and close friends will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 5-7 PM  at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.   208-459-0833.  

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