- Fayetteville, AR
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Mr. Jack Watkins of Panama City Beach, FL passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021, at the age of 59.
Jack was born September 10, 1961, in Baltimore, MD, and joined the United States Marine Corps while still in high school. During his eight years serving with the Marines, Jack was trained in avionics. While at his final duty station at Cherry Point Air Station, NC, he proposed to his future wife, Bette Wilhelm. Jack and Bette were married on September 9th, 1989, renewing their vows on their 20th anniversary, and celebrating 31 years together on September 9, 2020.
Jack started singing as a child in a school choir and enjoyed sharing his joy of singing with family and friends. He lovingly sang at the wedding of his niece Lori and Frank Grant which took place on his and Bette’s 20th wedding anniversary. To honor his mother in law, Jack sang Ave Marie, a favorite of hers, at her memorial service.
After his service with the Marines, Jack transitioned his electronics experience to a position with Professional Electronics that spanned 25 years. Working side by side with his loving wife Bette for 23 of those years, Jack never missed a day of work except for vacations. Jack and Bette then moved to Alabama and started their own business, Sempertronics. Jack and Bette later fulfilled a dream of living on the Gulf Coast and relocated to Panama City Beach, Florida. An avid weather watcher, Jack became involved with and later the administration of TalkWeather.com, where he was beloved by the staff and members and is heralded with the sustained operation of the site during major weather events.
TalkWeather has created a GoFundMe to assist Bette with ongoing expenses, more information can be found at