George Albert Watts

George Albert Watts

June 04, 1918 - December 28, 2004

George Albert Watts

June 04, 1918 - December 28, 2004


George Watts was born in San Bernadino, California. He was married to Dorothy for 64 years. He first met Dorothy in Junior High School in San Bernadino. They lived and raised their two daughters Robin Tauchert and Leslie Avalos in Long Beach California for 21 years and later during retirement lived for 28 years in Mission Viejo California. He had three grandchildren, Brian Hopkins, Erin Avalos Olmstead and Mark Avalos. He also had two great grandchildren, Jack Hopkins and Katelyn Hopkins.

George recieved a BA in art from the University of New Mexico, where he attended on a football scholarship. He worked for many years in commercial art and advertising throughout Southern California. After his retirement from commercial art, George spent the last 24 years of his life working on his art. The violent waters that dominated his award winning watercolor seascapes were the result of his witnessing one of the worst typhoons in military history, while serving as a gunnery officer on the U.S.S. Hobby destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II.

George’s watercolor paintings are in the permanent collection of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum in Newport Beach and many people have collected his art. George was a founding member of the Mission Viejo Fine Art Society and their first President.

George helped organize Navy reunions for destroyer division 38 for many years. he spoke often of his experiences in World War II and especially of the ‘Great Typhoon of December 1944’. His ship was the U.S.S. Hobby DD-610. He was a 1st Lt. Gunnery officer.

George was a leader among men, creative, humorous, optimistic and kind. His optimism, humor and concern for others remained with him until the end.

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2 responses to George Albert Watts

  1. Amanda Opitz says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    The O’Connor Staff

  2. To the Watts family. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Husband, Father and Grandfather. Though it has been many years since serving with George and my being a very young 18 when reporting aboard the “Holy Hobby” for duty I remember him as a very dedicated and caring person. He will be missed by all of the Div 38 survivors

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