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1957 – 2020

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Leslie Mark Watson of Shiro, TX and Baker, LA passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 after a major heart attack. Les was loved by many. He was a kind, giving soul who desired to help others and was a proud member of the Todd Mission Volunteer Fire Department and the Shiro Volunteer Fire Department.

Les was the son of Harry Watson of Walker, LA and Mava Mae Evans Watson of Baker, LA. Both parents preceded Les in death. He is survived by two brothers.

Les grew up in Baker, LA and worked for many years as a printer for Louisiana State University. His desire to serve his fellowman was expressed through his work with the Volunteer Fire Departments and he was an outstanding pump operator.

For many years, Les was an active participant in historical re-enactments of the American fur trade era from 1810-1840 called Rendevous’. His camp name was “Red Beard”, and he portrayed a Scotsman moving West into the American frontier.

Les had a deep appreciation of craftmanship and spent days learning crafts of old including rope tying and knotwork. He was proud to be a certified ham radio operator and helped man the ARES network in Baker, LA. He made friendships for life through the good and bad.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2020, at the Shiro Park. Bring chairs or seating.