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Louis Brendan Watt, 1929 – 2014

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Louis Brendan Watt, 1929 – 2014

Louis Brendan Watt
1929 – 2014

Louis Brendan Watt. 84, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014.  He was born on Oct. 29, 1929, to Nathaniel "Nate" Chase Watt and Esther Marie Gilliland Watt.  His mother's stage name was Jean Vachon.  Louis was raised in Toluca Lake and graduated from Loyola Marymount University.  He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, and upon his return from duty he followed in his father's footsteps and became a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Louis was an assistant director on over 60 television series, including "Wagon Train", "The Munsters", Starsky and Hutch", and "Hart to Hart", just to name a few.  He married (and later divorced) Phyllis McKelvey.  They had two children, Gary D. Watt and Kelvey S. Watt-Arana.

In 1963 he married Joyce Ann Rocco.  Together they had two children, Tricia L. Watt-Lee and Leeland M. Watt.  In the early 1970's Louis and some friends in the motion picture industry received their realtor licenses, (as a "weekend hobby" they would say) and began to sell property for Dart Industry in Bear Valley Springs, where he purchased a family vacation home.  After retiring as an assistant director, in 1987 he became a realtor full-time.  The Watt family resided in Canyon Country (Santa Clarita) and Fillmore before relocating permanently to Tehachapi in 1999.

He enjoyed golf, fishing, writing, story-telling, music, and the love he had for his family (and can't forget about ketchup, of course).

Louis is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joyce; his four children, Gary, Kelvey, Tricia and son-in-law, Randy, Leeland and daughter-in-law, Cathie; eight grandchildren, Melissa Watt, Rebecca Arana, Philip Arana, Jessica Arana, Amanda Lee-Guerrero, Christina Lee, Christopher (CJ) Watt, Danielle Watt; and three great-grandchildren, Trenton, Trinity, Conner, and soon-to-be fourth great-granddaughter due in July.  Louis is also survived by his sister, Jeannie Burress of Las Vegas, Nev.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Services were held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel, and interment was at Bakersfield National Cemetery, in Arvin.

Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with his care.  For condolences please visit

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