WHEREAS, Residents of Blanco County lost a beloved friend and neighbor with the death of William Maurice "Bill" Watson on December 27, 2003, at the age of 73; and
WHEREAS, Born in LaBelle, Florida, in 1930, Mr. Watson moved to Johnson City in the 1980s with his wife, Joy, who is a native of that Hill Country town; a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a former resident manager of Blanco County's Browning Ranch, Mr. Watson was known throughout the community as the volunteer president and director of the North Blanco County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department; he staffed an ambulance during high school football games and worked as a driver and paramedic for the volunteer department; and
WHEREAS, Although it is not unusual for EMS directors in rural areas to work for free, Mr. Watson's level of commitment was extraordinary; a masterful administrator, fund raiser, and speaker, he was able to retain a healthy pool of volunteers and to finance equipment purchases through bake sales, garage sales, and, later, a successful appeal to area residents to vote for the establishment of an emergency services district that would provide tax money for the department; because there is no hospital in Blanco County, a proficient EMS is crucial, and Mr. Watson's dedication went a long way toward making the North Blanco County EMS one of the best of all volunteer emergency services in the state; and
WHEREAS, His civic involvement went beyond his capable management of the EMS department; chairman of the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council, Mr. Watson was also an organizing member of the Hill Country Critical Incident Stress Management Team and an active member and former Grand Master of Johnson City Masonic Lodge No. 561; he will be fondly remembered for his attendance at nearly every Johnson City sporting event and commissioners court meeting held in the past 10 years; and
WHEREAS, Described by one local resident as the community's "medical angel of healing," this gentle, giving man touched countless lives throughout Blanco County; although he will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and neighbors, the legacy of community service, goodwill, and generosity that he leaves behind will not soon be forgotten; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 78th Texas Legislature, 4th Called Session, hereby honor the memory of William Maurice "Bill" Watson and extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family: to his wife, Joy Watson; to his children, William Morris Watson, Brenda Lynn Williams, and Denise Mick; to his brother, Stanley Watson; to his six grandchildren and great grandchild; and to his other relatives and many friends; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of William Maurice "Bill" Watson.
Speaker of the House
I certify that H.R. No. 305 was unanimously adopted by a rising vote of the House on May 17, 2004.