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Watters, Michael J.

Michael J. Watters, 53, of Reno, died Oct. 6. He was born Oct. 26, 1953 in Dover, NH, the son of John F. and B. Barbara (Porter) Watters.

After graduating in 1971 from Dover High School, he traveled to Hickory, N.C. and then headed west to Beaver Creek, Colo. to experience a new level of skiing. The snow pointed him further west and the allure of Truckee compelled him to stay and pursue his skiing avocation.

Mike first worked at Tahoe Donner as a ski instructor. After two seasons, he moved on to Northstar and remained there for the following several years. During the off season, Mike worked in the local construction industry. It soon became his career and identified him locally as a reliable and honest resource in Truckee’s residential boom. He took on his first project in 1983 and since then built several homes throughout the area.

In 2003 Mike and his family moved to Stillwater, Minn. Mike returned to Truckee in 2004 to work on various construction projects in the area. He’s left more friends then most people could wish for in a full lifetime. Mike’s greatest joys were his children, his passion for reading and learning, skiing, and spending time with his friends.

He is survived by three sons: Patrick, Jonathan (Jack) and Colin, his ex-wife, Karen, all of Stillwater, Minn.; mother B. Barbara Watters of Dover, N.H.; sisters, Kathleen Toof of Dover; Elizabeth (Steve) McCane of Aurora, Colo.; two nephews, one great-nephew, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many special friends.

He was predeceased by his father, John F. Watters and his brother-in-law, David L. Toof. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Family and friends are invited to attend A Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated Oct. 11, 2007, 10 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Truckee. A private burial to follow at Sierra Mountains Cemetery in Truckee.

Those who wish may make memorials in his name to the charity of one’s choice.