Wednesday , December 26, 2012 - 10:38 AM
Ron Watts of Kaysville celebrated his 80th birthday at a family party.
He was born on Dec. 20, 1932, in Kanosh to Vie and Fred Watts. Attending schools in Salt Lake City, he graduated from South High School in 1951. He enjoyed spending his summers with his grandparents in Kanosh, where he was taught how to farm.
He married Wilma Astler in 1953 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple, and they have five children.
He graduated from the University of Utah in 1955. He served the next nine years on active duty in the Air Force as a pilot/navigator and launch control officer at an Atlas missile site. After spending the next 11 years in the 945th Air Reserve Group Hill Air Force Base, he retired from the military. As a pilot, he flew the following aircraft: T-34, T-28, B-25, B-47, C-123, C-47, Beaver U-6A, Helio U-10, C-119 and C-124. In piloting, the C-124, he flew all over the world. As a civilian, he worked in supply and transportation at HAFB and retired in 1987.
His other interests were model airplanes, woodworking, gardening and world travel, where he and his wife visited 51 countries and most of the 50 states.
His children and their spouses are Rochelle and Jack Brown, Stephen and Rachel Watts, Sherrie and Mark Brough, Karen and Chris Larsen, and Kathleen and Curtis Mondfrans. He has 20 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.