Mark Todd Watts was born on December 9th, 1961 in Lancaster, California, to Bonnie Jean Hegwood and Gar Albert Watts. Mark was embraced by God early on Monday morning, August 1, 2022. His passing was one full of love and peace; in the arms of the love of his life, his partner in crime, his wife and best friend, my mother Julie Ann Watts who have shared 29 wonderful years together.
I wish I could say it has been too long, but we all know that not to be the case. It's been almost five years since I spoke to you last and just as then, I do now, have the bittersweet privilege of relaying the life of an exceptional man, my father.
I've been writing my first draft on the front and backs of Uno score cards, in the basement, at the bar of the house he and my mom designed together, and I can't help but think he would've liked that. Although, to be honest, to those that knew him, there wasn't much in life he couldn't find, or more often, make, joyous. He has always had that effect on everybody and everything he was involved in, as far as I can remember, and even before that.
Mark came from humble beginnings, in and around different parts of Northern California whether the marble canyons, arid deserts or mountainous valleys. Each had its own obstacles, but he and his family created a true place of joy, no matter where, even out of a ground of dirt. Literally.
He graduated from high school in 1980, followed by achieving an Associate's of Science at College of Siskiyou in 1984. While going to college he got one of his first jobs to do with his now lifelong career at Weed Lumber Mill around the same time. A spark was ignited, and it never left. Soon enough, an everlasting spark of an entirely different kind would he encounter; my mom.
They met in the classiest place you could possibly imagine, a bowling alley. Personally, I don't find it at all surprising. Both of my parents have always followed what made them happy. Happiness looked like many different things when they were together. It could be a game of billiards, a deer jumping over your sleeping bags out camping, exploring the ocean floor, having a drink after the kids go to bed and most often, just laughing and enjoying being together. Ever since I've known them my parents have had an inseparable and admirable love for each other, that was plain to see and even easier to feel.
Partnered with the help and support of my mom, twenty-six years ago they painstakingly built a business up from the that same dirt ground, Automated Structures, to the thriving business that it is today. Even now Automated continues to support over 75 families even now, many of them lifelong employees and family friends.
From a young age Mark had an immeasurable connection to the outdoors, in all of its glory. He only grew further into it over time. His adventures span the western United States from hunting fowl as a child, to skiing, scuba diving, fly fishing, camping and so much more. I believe I have been to every forest, volcano. and lumber mill from California into the Midwest. Learning about the nature around us, the geology beneath us and the trees above us.
His passion spilled over to every part of his life and to all those around him. Mark was a loving husband, avid outdoorsman, family man, generous employer and ambitious entrepreneur. He was a complex, intelligent, joyous, kind and loving man, which is known to anyone that had the blessing of being a part of his life.
In his memory we ask, cherish the time you have with your loved ones, spready joy and kindness to everyone you meet, treat others with the respect only a leader could accomplish, dream big, work hard and play even harder.
Mark was preceded in death by his father Gar, and his son Wyatt Todd Watts. He is survived by his loving daughters Autumn Ann Watts and Katie Brook Watts as well as his wife Julie. He is also survived by his mother Bonnie, his dear sister Missy Weed, his close brother Michael Watts, nephews and nieces, brother and sister in laws, his dedicated employees as well as many lifelong friends.
Visitations will be held Sunday, August 7, 2022 from 6pm-8pm at Myers Mortuary, 5865 S 1900 W, Roy, UT 84067 and Monday, August 8th from 930am-1030am prior to the Service at 1100am.
Graveside Monday, August 8th from 1pm-2pm MST at the Huntsville Cemetery (aka Cemetery Point), 7381 East 200 South Huntsville, UT 84317
Service will be live streamed, to watch scroll to the bottom of the obituary page .
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com
Arrangements entrusted to Myers Ogden Mortuary.