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Charles Harry Watson

October 11, 1942 ~ April 29, 2019 (age 76)


Charles Harry Watson of Canon City, Colorado died at home with his family on April 29, 2019, after a very short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Charles was born in Douglas Wyoming, October 11, 1942 to Harry and Bertha Watson (Spellman).  He was raised in, and graduated from high school in, Fowler, CO.  He worked in the coal mines in Raton, New Mexico, before relocating to Canon City, where he worked for 30 plus years and retired as a Major from the Colorado Department of Corrections.  “Chopper” as he was referred to in DOC, was known for his willingness to mentor, lead and protect his brothers and sisters in blue.  He loved his family, guns, knives, and hunting arrowheads.  Charlie is survived by:  Wife of 27 years, Kathy Baum; sister, Wynona Sims, Leota, KS; children; Tanna (D.J.) Miles, Canon City, CO, Gail (Marge) Watson, Mountain Home, ID, Tina (Bob) Gaines, Oberlain, KS, Misty (John) Vernetti, Canon City, CO, Jessica (Dave) Rathke, Canon City, CO, Beau (Alison) Baum, Las Vegas, NV; as well as eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ira Watson. 

He was a private man, and did not always share his feelings, but he was never afraid to say how much he loved his family.  Nothing pleased Charlie more than to be at home or in the mountains with those he loved most.  He could be brutally honest, but he was never intentionally cruel, and could always be counted on to protect the ones he cared for,  There will be no formal burial service, as Charlie requested that his body be cremated  and scattered in a private ceremony at Race Creek, but an informal Remembrance of Life will take place on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 12-2 at the family cabin in South Fork, CO.  For questions or more information, please call/text Kathy Baum 719-429-7631.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Fremont Regional Hospice, 1439 Main Str., Canon City, CO 81212.  Website:, phone: 719-275-4315, in honor of Charlie “Chopper” Watson.  Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Cremation & Funeral Service.  Online condolences at


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Celebration of Life
June 9, 2019

12:00 PM


Fremont Regional Hospice
1439 Main Street, Canon City CO 81212

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