BRADEN MICHAEL WATTS, age 30, of Friendswood, Texas passed away November 29th, 2023. He was born November 29, 1993 in Nassau Bay, Texas to parents Stephen David and Robyn Denise Watts.

Braden loved his family and friends fiercely and was always the life of the party. He was constantly recruiting friends to participate in games at parties such as leg wrestling or the ‘Minute to Win It’ style games that he learned how to do from Robyn. You knew Braden loved you once he pulled a prank on you. From taping his sister’s eyes shut to swapping Kyle’s deodorant with butter, Braden had an uncanny ability to make any room roar with laughter.

Some of Braden’s favorite times were trips made with his loving extended family. Skiing, hiking, fishing, camping, zip lining, parasailing,  and cruising with his cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents built everlasting memories that the family will always cherish.

He had a passion for the outdoors and hunting. He specifically loved to take friends on their first hunts and did everything in his power to ensure that they loved to hunt just as much as he did. His happy place was the Santa Rita Ranch in Freer, Texas, making many trips with family and friends to hunt hogs, javelina, dove, and rattlesnakes.

Braden was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at Texas Tech University. He was member of the Rugby Team at Sam Houston State University and graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Agriculture. Braden graduated from the Houston Fire Academy in July 2022 and served the community, touching many lives for over two years with his Shift D crew at Station 52. While on duty, he proudly helped deliver a baby in October of 2023.

Braden is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Lena Tucker, and Bob Tucker.

He is survived by his parents; Stephen and Robyn Watts, grandmother; Sallie Watts, sister; Paige Moreland and husband Dan and niece; Merritt Moreland.

There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. December 8, 2023 at Moody Methodist with services to follow at 12:30 p.m. Geoff Ashley, Braden’s cousin will be officiating. Interment will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas. A Celebration of Life reception will follow the interment at Hidden Palms in Santa Fe, Texas.

Pallbearers will be John Cross, Evan Piccione, A.J. Burts, Drake Sackett, Travis Wells, Tyler Harding, Taylor Harding, Sean Fitzpatrick, Kyle Briggs, John Lawson, Kurtis Lester, and Ronan Griffiths.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Captain Ramiro Martinez, Juan Benavides, Thomas Guadalupe, Justin Jose, Franco Godoybusso, and R.J. Sumibcay.


  1. Dear Robyn, Steve, Paige and Dan, words can’t describe the sorry I’m feeling right now. Ya’ll raised such of loving and caring son. Braden’s sly smile would just light up the room. Just know that Nonie and Pop were waiting on him with open arms.

    I know ya’ll have some difficult days ahead, but just know ya’ll will always be in my thoughts and prayers, and I’m just a phone call away for anything you need.

    God Bless all of you, and especially Braden.

    Uncle Mike

    Mike Tucker
  2. My heart aches for you and your entire family. One has to wonder why bad things happen to good people but we have to trust in the Lord. I pray for comfort to all of you, especially you, Steve, Robyn, Paige, Dan, and Sallie.

    Love all of you.

    Jean Raffetto, a friend of Sallie and Steve since 1960

    Jean Raffetto
  3. My family will always cherish our memories of Braden. We love to tell “Braden” stories from the years on Copper Canyon Drive. In fact, at Thanksgiving, Adam laughed so hard telling the story of when he and Braden got the best of Steve when he saw the muddy mess they had made in the pool from running through the wet yard and jumping in the pool.
    I hope all of your memories bring you comfort now and for year to come.
    The Beckman’s

    Tricia and Dean Beckman
  4. My heart is broken for you Robyn, Steve and Paige and Danny!
    What a wonderful young man you raised and a wonderful cousin to my boys!
    No doubt Nonnie and Pop met him at the gates of Heaven!
    Sending love and prayers!


    Criss Cink
  5. My sincere condolence to Braden’s family and friends. He certainly sounds like fun-loving guy who enjoyed many adventures during his life cut too short. May Faith and the good times you were blessed to share with Braden comfort your hearts until you meet again.

    Liz Muegge, long-time family friend of Sallie

    Liz Muegge

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