RAYMOND, Wisconsin — Brian Doud Watkins, age 66, was called home to heaven by God on April 5, 2021. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
He was born in Illinois on August 2, 1954 to parents, Wayne and Betty (nee Godwin) Watkins. He was reborn as a child of God in the waters of Holy Baptism in 1954. In 1966, he was confirmed in the Christian faith and was fed the life-giving body and blood of Jesus at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Dr. Watkins had a long a career in the United States Navy. He went to Endodontic training at Bethesda, Maryland. Among his duty stations were Great Lakes Naval Base, San Diego, Hawaii, Japan and on the USS Inchon during the Gulf War. After retiring from the Navy, he continued working as an Endodontist until his death. Brian's leadership abilities showed up early as he earned his Eagle Scout badge - Order of the Arrow, and at Millikin University, where he was a founding member of the ATO fraternity and, later, Editor of the dental newspaper, "Word of Mouth". He had many interests including - but not limited to - the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, where he was a member of the board of trustees.
Brian also served as a volunteer with Mission of Mercy, participated in various study clubs, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he served as treasurer. He also enjoyed all sports and loved playing tennis and golf. Brian was a loving, generous father, stepfather, grandfather, husband, son, brother, and uncle, often going out of his way to be helpful and supportive. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him.
He is survived by his mother, Betty; wife, Debra; son, Adam; step-children: Adam (Janet) and Rebecca (Luke); grandchildren: Emma, Jacob, and Lilly; siblings: Libby (Jim), Marti (Mike) and Bruce (Amy); many other relatives, family and friends.
Visitation will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1610 Main Street, Union Grove, WI on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 4:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor David Ramirez. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Raymond.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Veterans Housing and Recovery Program-Cottage 16 at the Southern Wisconsin Center, are appreciated.
Online condolences may be left at www.miller-reesman.comMiller-Reesman Funeral Home, 620 15th Avenue, Union Grove, WI 53182, 262-878-2500.