The former Angelina College vice president of Business Services died Monday following a two-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
In 2009, Steve Watters was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, and also a terminal disease. He retired last June after 22 years of service to Angelina College.
College president Larry Phillips on Tuesday said Watters will be greatly missed.
“He was a dedicated, hard-working professional who always went out of his way to help people,” Phillips said. “Like his longtime hobby of long distance running, he always went the distance and put out all the effort necessary to face the task at hand. He battled this terrible disease with that same courage and determination for these last two years.”
Watters served as the president of the Texas Association of Community College Business Officers in 2000.
Prior to his years at Angelina College, Watters served as the business manager at Dallas County Community College in North Lake, North Harris County Community College.
He was a member of the Piney Woods Running Club and East Texas Paws.
In April 2010, Watters was featured on the nationally televised “60 Minutes” program as an undercover ALS patient trying to catch a con man, according to a previous Lufkin Daily News article. He was wired with a microphone and spoke with a man who was swindling money out of patients, like Watters, while hidden cameras rolled.
In 2010, Watters said about the experience, “It was pretty exciting, but the biggest and most important thing to me was drawing positive attention to this disease. The reason people take advantage of people who have ALS is because there is no treatment for it.”
Memorial services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randall K. Green, minister of Christ Congregational Church of Lufkin, officiating. Visitation is Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
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