Marcus Watkins • September 18, 2017
Marcus Watkins died unexpectedly on Monday, September 18, 2017 while working a FEMA deployment in Baton Rouge, helping with recovery from the flooding that occurred this past year.
Marcus was a talented and accomplished musician, performing in the Pensacola, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach areas, as well as Fort Pierce, FL and the surrounding central Florida areas. An avid fisherman in both freshwater and saltwater, he enjoyed peace of the early mornings sitting in his boat on the canals and lakes of Alabama and loved to share his expertise and knowledge with younger fishermen. Marcus rode motorcycles the majority of his life, and his most proud possessions were his ‘98 Harley Road King and his bright orange ’70 Nova hotrod. He was a successful car salesman, auto recovery specialist, and worked in the Construction industry most of his life. Following Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Marcus began his career with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), assisting with response and recovery to those affected by natural disasters. Marcus is survived by his sister, Linda Watkins Dossett (Ron) of Pensacola; caregiver, Tammi Robinson; nephews, Jacan (Teresa) Dossett of Eatonton, GA, Geoff (Donna) Sanders of Geismar, LA.; friends, Connie Best, Donat Beland (Sandy), Anne Dossett, Tina Baker, Mary Bradley Story, Cheryl & Dave Bergquest
and numerous friends from the Flight Deck, Gene’s, Azalea, and fellow Bikers – all of which are too many to mention, but held a special place in his heart. Marcus also fathered two boys, Rhys Watkins and James Watkins, both of Pensacola.
The family will receive friends for visitation from 2:30-3:30PM Sunday, September 24th at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 3:30PM. Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe and Pam Dangelo, Jimmy Owen, Kevin Hill, Steve Hill, Trevor Hill, Lynn Jenkins, Louie Kust and Jim Thompson.
A special thanks to Tammi Robinson, who provided care and companionship to Marcus following his motorcycle accident for the past two years, and her mother, Lee Mason, both of whom traveled to Baton Rouge to share their friendship, encouragement and support.
Marcus had a heart for the Homeless and the Hopeless – in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to agencies for the Homeless, Make-A-Wish foundation, or the Diabetes Association in his memory.