Walter L. Watkins died at his home in Morongo Valley, Calif., on Nov. 15, with his family by his side.
Walter was the son of Howard and Lois Watkins. He spent many summers in Chilmark. After serving in the Army he settled in Chilmark, and in 1976 moved to California.
He worked as a carpenter, woodworker, and electrician until he joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1986, where he started as a patrol deputy, then was promoted to homicide investigator. He was active with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Posse. After his retirement, he continued his love for carpentry and woodworking, and did a great deal of house remodeling for friends.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lynne Krikorian Watkins; two daughters, Andrea and Faith; two grandsons; and nieces and a nephew.
In lieu of flowers, please give donations to the charity of your choice, or to Black Hills Horse Sanctuary, 12165 Highland Road, Hot Springs, SD 57747 (wildmustangs.com).