Thomas Anapuni Watts
Tom Watts, loving ohana (family) man and proud Hawaiian, has died. Cancer took him far sooner than he and his loved ones wanted, but the Lord had other plans. We are comforted knowing we will see him again in the next life and hear his boisterous laugh.
Tom was born in
Tom went to SBCC to learn auto mechanics, then he worked for many years in
More than anything in life Tom loved being a dad. After an unplanned delivery of Ivan in 1984 on the bathroom floor, Tom and Mary welcomed Anita in 1987, Martin in 1991, and their special son Ben in 1994 with home births. Tom was a supporter of all the things their children did; school activities, sporting events, band concerts, and introducing his kids to the wonders of Hawaii. Tom and Mary were very active in Marriage Encounter for many years which helped them solidify their good marriage, and become better parents and better people.
Tom always said he didn’t have hobbies; his family and working hard were his hobbies. His sister said their family was "the hardest working lazy people you’ll ever meet!" But he did put on fabulous luaus, cook a mean steak BBQ, loved trips to the Chumash Casino or Vegas when he could, and stayed active at
Tom is survived by his wife, Mary, of “forty-wonderful” (41) years, children Ivan (Natalia) of Plano, Texas, Anita (Joel) of Cypress, CA, and Martin (Janet) of Thousand Oaks, CA, and Ben of Carpinteria, CA, as well as grandchildren Calvin, Ethan and Michael Thomas of Plano, Texas and granddaughter arriving January 2022. He is also survived by siblings Reilee (Bill) Corley, Michael (Carol)
Through many rounds of chemo and cancer, including three surgeries during the past almost three years, Tom remained strong and uncomplaining through the ordeal. He has been an inspiration to all. His booming laugh may be silenced, but he lives on in our hearts. Big man, big heart, big soul! “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.
Services for Tom, Rosary: Friday October 1, 2021 @7:00 pm at St. Joseph's Chapel on 7th Street at corner of Ash St in Carpinteria (parking is limited). Mass of Christian Burial:
Donations can be made in his memory to
Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary and their website is https://mcdermottcrockett.com .