Edward Adolph Watson,
District Court Judge, Stake President, Bishop, community servant and devoted family man,
completed his earthly life Friday, November 8, 2019 at LDS Hospital.
Born June 28, 1936 to Marion “K.T.” and Florence Watson he lived a humble and meaningful
childhood developing a deep devotion to his family, especially his sisters Elaine and Linda, a
fascination for the beauty of nature, a love of animals and an appreciation for the community
“Eddie” often reminisced of Grantsville in the old days, his friends, playing basketball for
Grantsville High School, the beautifully decorated Jr. Proms and the delicious burgers, shrimp
sandwiches and chocolate shakes at the old Skyline Restaurant.
He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Southwest Indian
Mission primarily to the Hopi people, where he developed genuine love and respect for his
Lamanite brothers and sisters.
Edward obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Utah and soon thereafter
followed with a degree of law from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.
He served his community as the Tooele County Attorney, Third Circuit Court Judge for Tooele
County and a District Court Judge for the State of Utah. During his career and service to his
community he earned the nickname “The Judge” as he was fair and equal in the administration
of the law, without corruption, favor, greed or prejudice.
He loved serving as First Counselor to the Stake President in the Grantsville West Stake, Bishop
of the Grantsville 7 th Ward and many years on the high council for the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints. His ancestors were of great importance to him and he loved collecting and
preserving genealogy. Serving his fellowmen and responding to the needs of others brought
him great happiness.
Edward loved his family and their home. He took great pride in his wife Karen, and their
children, Shane, Juli and Alexis. He spent many hours tending to the beauty of their
surroundings and enjoyed farming and beautifying the land. He was a great support to his
family in all their endeavors and was always ready and willing to help. He took great pleasure in
welcoming people to his home and was proud to support the young athletes in Grantsville Little
League Football and Baseball as they used “Watson Field” to hold practices and scrimmages.
His life truly blessed the lives of others.
Preceded in death by his father Marion “K.T.” Watson and mother, Florence Anderson Watson.
Survived by his wife Karen, children, Shane (Cari) Watson, Juli (Justin) Woodward, Alexis (Shanz)
Leonelli, grandchildren (13), great grandchildren (7), Elaine (Myris) Orr, Linda Watson, nieces(5), nephews (2).
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 12 Noon in Grantsville 7th Ward, 415 W. Apple St., Grantsville. Viewing will be held on Friday evening at the Watson Family Home, 82 So. West St. from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Saturday the viewing will be in Ward Relief Society Room from 10:30 AM-11:30 AM prior to the funeral. Burial will follow at the Grantsville City Cemetery.
Arrangements in care of Dalton-Hoopes Funeral Home, 435-884-3031
Online condolences and memories may be shared at daltonhoopes.com