Delegates to the 33rd nominating convention of the Prohibition Party
on June 30, 1999 selected Dean Watkins of Tucson, Arizona to be their
vice-presidential candidate in the year 2000. Watkins is a retired aeronautical
Watkins was born in Canton, Ohio in 1931. His youth was spent there and
in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he graduated from Shortridge High School
in 1949. He subsequently enrolled at Butler University. Drafted into the
Army in 1950, he spend two years as a radio technician, then returned
to Butler. He graduated from Butler University in 1959 with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Physics.
Watkins was employed in the Materials Testing Laboratory at the Naval
Avionics Center for 19 years. Afterward, he worked as a design engineer
at Hughes Aircraft Company. He retired from Hughes in 1993.
Watkins married Diana Jean Cox of Indianapolis in 1954. They have three
children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Dean and Diana
will celebrate their 45th wedding aniversary this year.
Watkins is a member of the New Testament Baptist Church in Tucson. He
serves as a substitute pianist and organist and is a song leader. His
wife, Diana, coordinates activities for the deaf at the church.
Watkins' grandfather, Aaron Watkins, was the Prohibition Party's candidate
for vice-president in 1908 and 1912 and its candidate for president in
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