La Conner mourns death of Rich Watkins, coach and fisherman


February 28, 2024

Man holds salmon

Photo courtesy of Watkins family

CATCHING ANOTHER BIG ONE – Rich Watkins loved to fish and was good at it and sharing his fish tales. He lived a good full life and is missed by many.

In his all-too-short life, La Conner's Rich Watkins created a legacy to last generations.

Consider pre-season baseball practices now under way at La Conner High School, where two decades ago Watkins was the team's head coach, an ideal role for the former Spokane area sports standout.

His influence is still felt by current Braves' coach Jeremiah LeSourd, whom Watkins mentored.

"He prepared me for the job," said LeSourd, who along with Andy Otis has since coached the baseball team to numerous post-season appearances. "Rich's coaching style was that of a teacher. He stressed to the players the im...

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