Hugh Allen Watson, 74, formerly of Sheridan, Wyoming, passed away on October 20, 2012. Mr. Watson was born November 3, 1937, to Lloyd H. and Crystal (McHenry) Watson. He grew up on the Watson ranch on the Tongue River. While growing up he was very active in 4-H, trained horses and enjoyed hunting. Hugh graduated from high school in Dayton in 1957 where he played football.
Hugh married Anita Warde in 1960. They lived in Dayton where he worked on ranches and trained polo ponies with Don Davies. In the early ’60s he moved his family to San Luis Obispo, California, to attend a farrier course at Cal Poly earning his certification. The family then moved to New Hampshire where he raised his two sons and worked as a farrier for many years. He was known for his skills in diagnosing and corrective shoeing. Returning to Wyoming he worked as a ranch hand on the Gordon Ranch in Kaycee. His favorite weekend event was calf roping where he worked his magic with his rope. Upon retiring, Hugh moved to Sundance where he lived until recently when he returned to Sheridan.
Hugh was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald Watson. He is survived by his sons, Kenneth L. Watson of Sheridan and Thomas A. Watson of Brattlebro, Vermont; grandchildren Brandi Watson Graham, Tyrell Hammond of Sheridan, Megan Vermon of South Carolina, also several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many family and friends.
A Celebration of Life was held on November 10, 2012, at the Old Dayton Community Hall.
Donations to honor Hugh may be made to the Tongue River Roundup 4-H Club, Box 515, Dayton, WY 82836.