TERRA LINDA, CALIF. — Russell C. Watts, 64, died Feb. 26 in Terra Linda, Calif.
He was born in Bath on April 14, 1947, a son of Phyllis D. Bisbee Watts Boyd and Francis Walter Watts. For many years he lived in San Fransisco, Venice Beach and Sausalito, Calif.
He attended Morse High School and graduated in 1965. Through the years he kept in close contact with many of his classmates and came back to Maine for many reunions. He also attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, Calif., before serving in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972 as a part of the Naval Security Group during the Vietnam War.
In the 1980s he became a private investigator and worked with the Melvin Belli Law Offices. One of his greatest accomplishments was investigating a Pan Am plane crash in Lockerbie, Scotland, and helping the people negotiate settlements.
One of his biggest passions was acting. He developed his acting career through a San Fransisco acting group. He performed in many commercials and movies. One of his most popular films was “Clown House.”
Watts is survived by his daughter, Amy Simkins, of San Fransisco; brother David E. Watts of Seffner, Fla.; nephew Stephen F. Watts of West Bath; and niece Kathy E. Watts of Bath.
He will be buried with his mother in Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath. A celebration of his life was held on March 7 at Caffe DiVino in Sausalito, Calif. A graveside service will be held in Bath at a later date.