Murdoch "Buddy" Watkins Jr.

July 25, 1926 ~ February 17, 2020 (age 93)


Murdoch M. “Buddy” Watkins, Jr.

Buddy Watkins, 93, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020, in San Jose, CA. He was a native of New Orleans, LA, and longtime resident of Houma, LA. More recently, he was a resident of Henderson, NV, and San Jose, CA. Buddy was born July 25, 1926, in New Orleans. He graduated from New Orleans Academy on June 6, 1944, and enlisted in the United States Navy the same day. After serving in World War II, Buddy returned to Tulane University and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He worked in the petroleum industry for 36 years and retired from Pennzoil as District Operating Superintendent in 1986.

Buddy was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Lucille “Putsy” Folse Watkins; his parents Murdoch M. Watkins, Sr. and Margaret M. Watkins; sister Margaret W. Roselius and brother George E. Watkins.

Buddy is survived by his second wife Carol Watkins of San Jose, CA; his daughter Jan W. Irwin and her husband Thom of Tulsa, OK; his daughter Patti W. Taylor and her husband Michael of Woodbridge, VA; two granddaughters Elizabeth Anne Irwin and Anna Christine Taylor.

Buddy will be remembered as a strong Christian, loving husband, caring father and grandfather, and one who was always ready to help those in need.

Burial will be held at Garden of Memories Cemetery in New Orleans, LA.

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February 20, 2020

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Darling & Fischer Garden Chapel
471 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95112


Garden of Memories Cemetery
4900 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70001

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