Moose Lodge honors civic volunteer today

Medford resident Herb Watson could whip up a logger's breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon and pancakes for dozens of hungry souls in no time flat. A newly remodeled kitchen at the Southern Oregon Moose Lodge No. 2647 will be dedicated in his memory at 1 p.m. today as friends and family gather for a memorial and potluck at the lodge, 241 E. Barnett Road.

The former Moose, Elk, Eagle and American Legion member died May 19 at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Watson's quiet passing at the age of 84 due to complications from diabetes was unexpected, said his family, who remember his free spirit and his love of friends and family.

Aside from his many civic distinctions over the years, the father of four daughters enjoyed dancing, roller skating, gardening and bowling.

Daughter Cindy Wood of Medford said her dad picked up his skills for feeding the masses during a stint in the Navy in World War II.

Watson also worked as a logger, farmer, carpenter, contractor and heavy equipment operator.

Fellow Moose Lodge member Gene Kulesza said Watson was "a great guy who will be missed by many."

Wood said her father would have been pleased to know that the kitchen in which he spent so many hours would bear his name.

"In going through his stuff, I'm finding that he belonged to the Eagles, the Elks, the Moose," she said. "All these organizations he joined were a really big part of who he was. It all kind of started with the Elks in Ashland, when I was a kid."

Watson took cruises to the Caribbean, participated in annual golfing tournaments at Tokatee and went elk hunting until age 82.

He was a regular at Medford's Kim's Restaurant until it closed and provided a friendly face at Tally Ho's in Talent.

Donations in Watson's memory can be made to Medford's American Legion Post 15, P.O. Box 1474, Medford, OR, 97501.

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at

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