Dell R. Watts, 90, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born May 24, 1923 in Rexburg, Idaho, the son of Hyrum Franklin and Elizabeth Freeman Watts.
Dell graduated from Madison High School and attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan.
He served as lieutenant in the United States Naval Air Corps.Â He served for four years as a naval aviator flying the P51 Mustang during World War II. He trained and served in the Pacific Theatre.
On Sept. 9, 1947, he married Marcella Verla Rock in Rexburg, Idaho.Â Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on May 27, 1967.
Dell was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He worked as a repairman, foreman and manager for Mountain States Telegraph and Telephone company for 40 years.
Dell was a skilled bowler who participated in numerous local and state competitions.Â He was the lead trumpet player for the Leo Watts Orchestra, a dance band who entertained audiences throughout Southeastern Idaho andÂ Northern Utah. He was a family man and his favorite pastime was getting together with his family and enjoying activities such as fishing, vacationing and playing cards at his cabin in Island Park.Â Dell was also skilled in carpentry and electrical work, a handyman who enjoyed upgrading and renovating the homes he lived in.
He is survived by his wife, Marcella of Blackfoot;Â daughter, Jolene (Tony) Baccile of Blackfoot; sons, Michael (Sandra) Watts of Los Lunas, New Mexico and Robert (Deborah) Watts of Wake Forest, North Carolina;Â 13 grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hyrum and Elizabeth, and brothers, Leonard, Jay and James Watts.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, Idaho.
The family will meet with friends on Monday, May 19, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.