C larence J. Watters Jr., 98, died Nov. 10, 2011, at the Fletcher-Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vt.
Born Oct. 28, 1913, the son of Clarence St. and Sara Watters in West Pawlet, Vt., where he grew up and pitched on high school and town baseball teams. Clarence attended the University of Vermont (Class of ’37) majoring in electrical engineering and took Army ROTC leading to Army Air Corps pilot training. He worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, Conn., as an engine designer until joining the Air Force Power Plant Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, as a test engineer. He then served in Europe performing aircraft competitive intelligence and field failure analysis.
In 1946, Clarence started a 33-year career in engineering and project management in various locations with the General Electric Co. In 1979 her retired to Lakeland, Fla., where he served on the city planning commission until 2006, when he relocated to South Burlington, Vt. Throughout his adult life he was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf.
Clarence was predeceased by his parents, his wife Mary Ruth, brother Hiram and sisters Julia Johnson and Elsie Watters.
He is survived by daughter Joyce Westoby of Hartland, Wis., sons Benjamin of Shushan, N.Y., and John of Mechanicville, N.Y., granddaughters Lisa Westoby Pepin, Julie Westoby Muth and Rebecca Pezzano; four great-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 11, 2012 at the King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 253 Washington Ave. Extension, Albany, NY 12205.