Kisi Clawson Watkins Obituary (1950-2021) – Orem, UT

Allyson Clawson Watkins, who passed Kisi her entire life, died on Friday, October 1, 2021 of complications from cancer.
Kisi was born on March 10, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Richard and Dorothy Clawson. As a child, she loved fishing and outdoor adventures with her older brother Jeff. Kisi graduated from Hillcrest High School and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in upstate New York. An expert in mathematics and languages, she studied mathematics and German / linguistics at the University of Utah and mathematics at Brigham Young University. She taught math at the high school and college levels, and even taught inmates at Utah State Prison for the U of U’s continuing education program.

Kisi married Joe Watkins in 1978. Eleven years later, they finally had Katie, the child they had always wanted. Although Kisi and Joe divorced, they stayed close and consider each other family.

After retiring from math class to raise Katie, Kisi developed a passion for emergency preparedness, healthy living, and healing. She and her friend Sandy White started a grassroots organization called 3Steps with the goal of helping neighborhoods, communities, and cities prepare effectively for disasters. Kisi became a Craniosacral Therapist and Foot Zoner, using her skills to both build her own practice and teach others. She inspired many people to embark on their own healing journeys.

Kisi had many close friends who she loved very much, and helping people feel valued and loved was very important to her. She has made it her business to meet and welcome every new person who has moved into her neighborhood. She had a remarkable ability to keep in touch with friends from all ages of her life and to keep in touch through lunch, phone calls, emails, and her annual Christmas letter. If you knew Kisi and are reading this, we want you to know that she remembers you and loves you no matter how long you have known her.

Kisi leaves behind her daughter Katie Watkins (Tyler Hopkins); her brother Jeff Clawson (Aurora); their nieces, nephews, and other family members; and the many dear friends she considered family. Her parents preceded her in death, as did several beloved aunts and uncles. We would like to thank the many people who have supported us through the months of her illness including family, friends, neighbors and the wonderful medical staff who helped with the care.

We hope you have a great time on the other side with Grammy, Grampy and everyone who loves you. “See you, love you, bye!”

The funeral will take place on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Edgemont North Stake Center, 345 East 4525 North, Provo, Utah. Friends can call the Provo Mountain Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Thursday, October 7th, 6:00 PM-8:00PM, and the church on Friday, 10-10:45 AM before the service. Burial, Salt Lake City Cemetery. Condolences are available to the family at

If you’d like to donate instead of flowers, we invite you to support one of Kisi’s most popular charities: Rising Star Outreach and Animal Aid Unlimited.

Published by Legacy on October 5, 2021. reports daily death reports in local communities across the country. Visit our funeral home directory for more local information or visit our FAQ page for help finding obituaries and sending condolences.

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