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Longtime stock reporter, Coldwater downtown businessman Mike Watson passes away


Michael D. Watson, 66, of Coldwater, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Community Health Center of Branch County. Watson was the longtime voice of Wall Street stock reports every afternoon on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 WTVB.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Coldwater American Legion. Arrangements are being cared for by Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Requested dress attire is casual.

Michael was born February 23, 1946 in Coldwater to Clyde & Margaret (Hurley) Watson. He served in the US Marine Corp during the Vietnam War and married Sandy Shepherd in February 19, 1977 in Coldwater.

Mr. Watson had attended Michigan Tech and also Michigan State University. In the early 1970’s, Mike had served as a counselor for troubled youth at Camp Highfield in Onondaga. In 1977, he began his career in investments for IDS – Investment Diversified Services and switched to Investment Management  & Research, which later became Raymond James Financial Services.

Michael had been a member of many service clubs including Noon Exchange, Sunrise Rotary, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion.  He had also been active in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization.  Mike enjoyed operating his own family farm and spending time with his beloved dog “Gus”.  He liked the outdoors, hunting, fishing and exploring garage sales and spending time with his family.

Mike is survived by his wife Sandy, his daughter Shannon (Rudy Coelho) Watson of Palm Bay, FL, his son Paul Watson of Coldwater, his brothers John (Janet) Watson of Coldwater, Clyde “Ike” (Lois) Watson, Jr. of Rogers Town, Herbert (Shirley) Watson of Coldwater and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Memorials may be directed to the University of Michigan Cancer Center and/or CHC Hospice.