Joseph Clayton Watkins

Born: Wed., Apr. 7, 1965
Died: Sat., Sep. 2, 2017


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Mon., Sep. 11, 2017
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop


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Joseph Clayton Watkins, 52, of Pendleton, OR passed away 9/2/2017. A Celebration of Life will be held at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel on Monday Sept. 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm with a reception to follow at the White Barn, 44317 Spring Creek Road, Pilot Rock.

Joe was born on April 7, 1965 in Portland, OR to parents Carl Leroy Watkins and Sammie Lyons Watkins. He met the love of his life Kim Ensworth in 1982 while attending Sherman High School in Moro, OR. They graduated together with the Class of 1983. Then they attended Blue Mountain Community College Pendleton, OR together. Joe graduated from BMCC with Associates’ Degrees in both Diesel Mechanics and Auto Mechanics. Joe & Kim were married in Las Vegas, NV January 1, 1988. He was the proud father of two children Jacob Matthew Watkins and Sarah Jean Watkins.

He worked for Montgomery Wards while still attending college until they closed in Pendleton. He then went to work for Pioneer Implements for a short time. He worked as a mechanic for Twig Zeigler Transmission for 12 years. After that he worked for Oregon Department of Transportation for the last 19 years as part of the “Bridge Crew.”

He belonged to the Grande Ronde Muzzle Loaders and went to many rendezvous’, as “Smokn Joe!” Joe was the ultimate handy man, he could make anything happen. Joe was a true mentor always heavily involved in his kids & including any neighborhood kids’ activities. He became a Soccer, Baseball & Football Coach; Boy Scout Leader; 4-H Leader; Horse Wrangler; Sheep & Pig Herder; doing whatever needed to be done. Joe was an avid outdoorsman, which he learned from his dad. He was very passionate about the art of hunting and fishing. He handed down this love to his family and friends. His sense of family & community strong and will be missed by many organizations.

Survivors include: wife Kim Ensworth Watkins; son Jacob Matthew Watkins; daughter Sarah Jean Watkins all of Pendleton; sister Danita (Kerry) Thamert of Elgin, OR.; mother in law Esther Ensworth; brothers in law Dave, Brad, Rich and Jimmy Ensworth; sister in laws Ruth, Renee, Michelle, Tracy and Megan; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Joe was proceeded in death by his father Carl, mother Sammie and father in law Robert “Bob” Ensworth.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to your local youth organizations, i.e.: 4H, FFA, Boy Scouts, and Buck Boosters.

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Kimberly Lane
   Posted Tue September 05, 2017
Kim and Sarah,

Whitney and I are so, so sorry for your loss. Joe will be missed by so many but never forgotten. If there is anything we can do to help you through this difficult time please don't hesitate to ask us. We are here for you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Patty Abell
   Posted Tue September 05, 2017
I am extremely sorry for your loss! Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Without Joe's help, my time in Pendleton would of been very difficult. He was one of the most selfless men I have ever known and helped the Pendleton FFA in so many ways. His loss will be felt deeply!

Jutta Haliewicz
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017

MOUNTAIN MEADOW PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Jutta, Kolby and McKenna.

Kim, Jacob and Sarah, We are so sorry for your loss. No words can express our grief and great sorrow. Joe was one of the kindest, most generous and amazing man that touched our lives forever. We loved him dearly. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. With love, Jutta, Kolby and McKenna.


Duane and Heather Garrett
   Posted Wed September 06, 2017
We are so sorry, Joe was a wonderful man and a good friend. We are lucky to have known him. Prayers to all of the family.

Wayne Platt, Jr.
   Posted Fri September 08, 2017
Kim, Jacob & Sarah I'm sorry for your loss. Joe was a great guy always willing to help with the youth which will be greatly missed. I'm glad I was able to let him take the kids hunting up at the ranch. You're in my thoughts.

Tracy & Saundra Suttle
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Kim, Jacob & Sarah,
Our prayers & thoughts are with you and your family.

Darin and Lisa Blagg
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Kim, Jacob and Sarah,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to your family. RIP Smokin Joe.

Darin and Lisa Blagg

The Jacobs family
   Posted Mon September 11, 2017
Bob , Cody and I want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Cody both speak very highly about all of you and also your father and husband. Again we are so sorry for your loss.

Nancy Jacobs

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