David Dean Watkins

July 17, 1955 ‒ October 26, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

David Dean Watkins passed away, October 26, 2015 in Lexington Court Care Center surrounded by his family. He was 60.

He was born July 17, 1955 in Mt. Gilead to parents Oren Day and Wanda June (Harden) Watkins. After he graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1973, he attended North Central Technical School in Mansfield until deciding to join the work force.

For several years David worked for ITT North Electric, United Telephone Company and most recently with Deca Manufacturing.

He had a true passion for collecting genealogical information. He spent many hours researching his family tree, and a great deal of time at the Ohio Genealogical Society in Richland and Morrow Counties. David also enjoyed collecting lighthouses, taking photographs of family, and supporting Lexington sports and the Band of Gold.

He is survived by his mother Wanda June Watkins of Lexington; children Sandra Deon Watkins of Powell, and Jeffrey David (Megan) Watkins of Mt. Gilead; five grandchildren; siblings Cathy Gene Miller of Mansfield, Julie (Rex) Jordan of Marion, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

David was preceded in death by the late Oren Day Watkins; sister Judy Green; nephew David Miller, and grandmother Ethel Harden.

His family will receive friend’s 4-7 p.m. on Thursday October 29, 2015 in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave, with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday morning. Pastor Ron Smals will officiate and burial will take place at Lexington Cemetery.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve David’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Sandy &Jeff,
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and your grandmother. We have many fond memories of your dad.
    With love,
    John and Mary

  • Sandy & Jeff,
    God bless you for your devoted care of your dad during his long illness. May you & your family be comforted with the knowledge that he has found rest for his soul in the arms of Jesus. Won’t he have a great time in heaven meeting all the people he researched!

  • David,
    We will know where ever you are by touching our hearts.
    God Bless This Family with Love and Kindness.
    Your Cousin,
    Love To All

  • Sorry to read of Davids passing. We had a lot of fun when we worked at deca. He was a very nice person and will remember him always. Sharon Storie

  • Sandy and Jeff,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. We are praying for you and your family.
    Erin and Billy

  • I would like to express my deepest sympathy to David’s family.
    Wanda Watkins, you cared for David practically his whole life.
    May you be surrounded by love of friends and family during this devastating time of your life. My heart aches for you.
    Jeff and Sandy, losing a father is a sadness that lasts a lifetime.
    May you remember him when he was well and all the fun times
    he shared with you as youngsters.
    Cathy and Julie, you have lost a piece of your family that must be heart wrenching for you. I wish you peace and healing during this sad time.
    May God Bless you all and keep you in His loving arms now and forever more.
    Love and Hugs,
    Mary Beth McHugh

  • Jeff,
    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have such fond memories of your Dad during our Band of Gold years.


  • Sandy we are so sorry for your loss. You are a lovely person and do not deserve such sadness. Remember that we love you and are thinking of you throughout this dark time.
    Julie, Gary and Finn

  • I worked with David for almost 10 years at DECA manufacturing. He used to give me his hush puppies when he went to long john silvers, he didn’t like them. I would bring him sandwich spread from Cornell’s in shelby. it was cheap there. He was a good man and will be missed by many. RIP my friend.

  • Sandy & Jeff,

    May the peace that comes from your memories comfort you now and in the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.