Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, February 03, 2014 at 13:47:54 :
May 31, 1962
Watkins Estate Is Estimated At More Than Quarter Million
The estate of the late David E. Watkins of Fairfax was estimated at more than one and one-quarter million dollars as petition for probate was filed today in Marin County Superior Court.
Watkins was a founder of the California State Automobile Assn. and its secretary-manager for nearly 40 years.
The estimate of the estate was given by attorney John Barton O’Brien of Fairfax, who with attorney William R. Talley of Corte Madera filed the petition for probate. Assets include cash, securities, and Watkins’ home at 100 Woodland Road, Fairfax.
Chief beneficiaries are two sisters and a niece who receive one-quarter each, with the remaining quarter to be divided among friends. The two sisters, both of whom have been living at the Fairfax home for the past year, are May W. Morley of Lincoln, Neb., and Maude Michael of Cleveland, Ohio.
The niece is Mrs. Corinne Smith of San Francisco, whose husband George Smith is named co-executor with the Bank of America.
Watkins died April 5 at a Tiburon rest home where he had lived for two years. He had lived in Marin County for 30 years.
Kansas-born, he formed one of the first automobile clubs in the United States in Kansas in 1913, then came to California and organized the California State Automobile Assn., which he served until his retirement in 1952.
Although a law graduate of the University of Nebraska, Watkins never practiced but devoted virtually his whole life to automobile clubs.
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