Clarence Wright Watts, 78, of Orange, passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Texas State Veterans Home in Temple. 

Clarence was born on October 20, 1936 in Saline, La., (Bienville Parish) and he grew up on a farm. After graduating from High School, he enlisted in the Army Reserves at the age of 20 and he served for 6 years. He joined the Army in 1962 and he was deployed to Post War Korea for combat training where he served for three years. He was then deployed to Vietnam in 1965 and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam from 1965 and 1966. He was an expert with the M-16 Rifle and he earned several ribbons for his service. He returned to the U. S. and completed his 21 years of service at various bases including Fort Polk, La. Clarence also served in the Headquarters Company of the 208th Military Police Bn. (Texas State Guard) for five years. He was a proud member of the VFW in Nederland and the American Legion Bridge City Post 250. He served in various positions, including Post Commander at both a VFW Post and an American Legion Post. He was also commander of the Cooties Pup Tent, which is the highest order of the VFW, wherein you must be invited to join, based on your individual merits and service.