John was born in La Jolla, grew up in Pacific Beach, attended Kate Sessions Elementary School and Pacific Beach Junior High. He graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1979.
He owned his own hardwood-floor business with his wife of 22 years, Heidi, and raised two children, Emily and Charles John (CJ), in Clairemont.
He is also survived by his parents, Mary and Charlie; grandmother Virginia Chisholm; brother Tom (Kristina); nephews Sean and Kory; niece Addison; and many extended family members. He will be in our hearts always and deeply missed.
John will especially be missed at local surf spots, where he would surf the pier or at Black’s Beach, where many could hear his boisterous laugh as he caught waves. He would stop in at Cass Street Bar & Grill to get his workers lunch on many occasions. He is gone but not forgotten. John loved the ocean, surfing and fishing, and shared his love of baseball with son CJ and coached CJ’s Little League baseball teams over the years.
John loved his dogs and especially loved his family.
A memorial service and celebration of life was held May 29 at The Mission Bay Yacht Club, where Pastor Brian Daly of the Pacific Beach Christian Church led the remembrance and celebration to honor the great and kind person that was John Watson.
A sunset paddle out followed that same evening at Law Street, where an outpouring of friends and family came together to show their love for John and pay tribute to him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to The Pacific Beach Christian Church at 1074 Loring St., San Diego, 92109, designated to the “John Watson Memorial.” All gifts will be directed to the family in support of John’s children, Emily and CJ.