John David Hyder Watkins
John David Hyder Watkins
John David Hyder Watkins

September 9, 1951 - April 14, 2017
Born in Denver, CO
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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John David Hyder Watkins, 65, died Friday, April 14th, 2017 at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, at Iles-Dunn's Chapel where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Graveside services will be held 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Waterman Cemetery near Sutherland, Iowa.

John leaves his wife of 32 years, Priscilla (Dunnam) Watkins and his daughter Ellaine Marie Hyder Watkins.

Born in Denver Colorado, the son of Dr. David and Lucille (Pingel) Watkins, he was a resident of Des Moines since 1968. John lived briefly in Lamoni, Iowa where he met his wife Priscilla in 1983.

John attended Graceland University where he completed his bachelor's degree in psychology. After completing school John worked at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines on the Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatric Unit.

After leaving Iowa Lutheran Hospital John became active in the community volunteering. John used his boisterous personality and his passion for politics to volunteer for the Iowa Democratic Party for the elections of 2008, 2012, and 2016.

John was also passionate about education and felt that all children should have the chance to learn to love to read. The past several years John volunteered his time at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School in Des Moines to share his love of reading with the students. John also tutored students in mathematics.

In his free time John enjoyed grilling, listening to music, and was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

John is preceded in death by his father, Dr. David Watkins; his mother, Lucille (Pingel) Watkins; and his brother Bryan Watkins.

Memorial donations in his name can be given to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School. Online condolences will be welcomed at
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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
10:00 AM
Waterman Cemetery
Rural Sutherland
Sutherland, IA US 51058
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
3:30 PM


Mount Olive Lutheran School
5625 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310