~ IN MEMORY ~
DL Capt. Donald E. Watkins
May 30, 1938 ~ September 5, 2017
Notification with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Donald Edward Watkins, age 79. Captain Watkins joined Delta Air Lines 10-18-1965 and retired with Delta in May 1997, based 030/ATL. He is survived by his son Jay.
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Captain Watkins had most recently resided at
761 Burning Tree Drive SE , Marietta GA 30067-4721 ... (770) 953-2425 (770) 422-4916
Captain Watkins’ obituary below indicates services will be private.
~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary..................Donald Edward Watkins passed away on September 5, 2017 at Atria East Cobb in Marietta, Georgia. Don will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his son, James Edward (Jay) Watkins III. Don was born in DeKalb County on May 30, 1938, to Mary and Jim Watkins, both deceased. He graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in 1958 after earning a military scholarship to Auburn University. After graduation, Don entered the United States Navy, where he was honored to be one of the first four pilots selected to fly the F-4 Phantom jet from an aircraft carrier in the Vietnam War. After serving 5 years in the Navy, Don became a pilot with Delta Air Lines. He was a very happy member of the Delta family for over 30 years before his retirement in 1997. He and Jay continued to travel extensively together to many beautiful places, his favorite being Hawaii. Don wished to be cremated and have his ashes scattered in Hawaiian waters by Jay and others who loved him. This will be his memorial service.
.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2017