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Grant Howard Watts

Monday, February 21, 2011

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Grant Howard Watts, 58, Brazil, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

He was born March 10, 1952, in Bloomington, Ind., to Gene and Patsy (Howard) Watts.

Grant graduated from Bloomington High School with the class of 1970. While in high school, he excelled in cross country and track and field, where he held several records.

Following high school, he attended Indiana University, later receiving his bachelor and masters degrees in Social Studies Education. His freshman year at IU, he participated in track and field.

Grant began his teaching career at North White High School in Monon, Ind.

Grant moved to Brazil in 1981, where he taught Social Studies for the Clay Community School Corporation for 31 years, retiring in 2007.

While at Northview High School and North Clay Middle School, he coached freshmen football through 1990 and high school track and field through 1983, and middle school track and field from 1990-91.

Grant married Renee Peyton July 28, 1984. They are members of the First Christian Church.

Grant served as deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher and as chairman of the Day Care Board.

Grant also served his community as a member of the YMCA of Clay County board of directors and by acting as a mentor for Kids Hope USA. In the early 1980s, he was active as a coach with the Special Olympics. Continuing his coaching career, he volunteered as a basketball, soccer and baseball coach with the YMCA and Clay Youth League.

Grant's favorite pastimes were spending time with his family, especially playing golf, baseball and Ping Pong with his son Stephen. Grant enjoyed watching sports and was an avid IU and New York Yankees fan.

He was preceded in death by his mother Patsy Watts, and mother- and father-in-law Donald and Lavetta Peyton.

He is survived by his wife Renee Watts, daughter Megan Watts and son Stephen Watts, father Gene Watts and sister Susan Watts, both of Bloomington, brothers-in-law Dan Peyton and wife Laura, Oregonia, Ohio, and David Peyton and wife Michele, California, nieces Ashley Peyton, Indianapolis, and Lauren Peyton, California, and nephew Zach Peyton, California.

Services will be at First Christian Church, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Pastors Bob Witte and Chris Gregg officiating.

Committal services will follow at 3 p.m., at Valhalla Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind.

Visitation will take place at the church Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, from 4-8 p.m.

At the family's request, donations may be made in Grant's memory to the YMCA of Clay County Strong Kids Campaign, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil, Ind., 47834.

French Funeral Home, Brazil, has been entrusted with his care.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.