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Donald Ray Watson


Donald Ray Watson

Donald Ray Watson, 79, went to meet the Range Boss on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. He passed peacefully at home.

He was born on April 6, 1937, in Malta, Mont., to Ray and Laura Watson. He grew up on the family ranch in the Content Community, attending the Tallow Creek School. He left school early for the cow camps, taking riding jobs for the various neighboring ranches and working for Glasgow Stockyards. He enjoyed playing music with his brothers for country dances and events throughout his younger years.

He was a skilled horseman throughout his life. He enjoyed raising and breaking horses on his place north of Malta. He ran cows and even a dairy at one time. He looked forward to and rode on the Milk River Wagon Train for more than 30 years. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and reminiscing of the old days. He always had a story and loved to visit.

As his health started to slow him, he took great pride in his grandchildren. He was one of the biggest “Hinsdale Raider Fans” that never lived in Hinsdale. “Papa” was never afraid to offer his opinion – ever.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Laura Watson; one daughter, Denise Watson; a great-granddaughter, Willow; and a nephew, John Watson.

Survivors include two brothers, Tom Watson and his wife, Lorraine, of Malta, and Ken Watson of Victor, Mont .; longtime companion and friend, Christine Leo; a son, Don Watson of Superior, Mont .; a daughter, Tina Palm and her husband, Cody, of Hinsdale; numerous stepchildren; eight grandchildren, Sacarra, Drake, Whitney, Jon Rey, Devon, Kannon, Kameron and Nova; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donny was a beloved brother, father, grandfather and friend. Until we meet again, Rest Easy Cowboy.

A visitation for Donny was held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the ElimLutheran Church in Malta. A graveside service will be held in the Malta Cemetery on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be posted online at


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