Donald E. Cottey, long time resident of Bradenton, died Monday evening, December 28, 2015 at Freedom Village. He was 83. Don was born November 13, 1932 in Cleveland Ohio. He grew up in Sandusky, Ohio where he excelled in all sports, including football and basketball. Don was married to Marilyn Hoyer Cottey, also of Sandusky Ohio, for 55 years. Marilyn predeceased Don on November 9, 2010. Don graduated from Brown University in Providence Rhode, Island where he played quarterback for the Brown football team. In 1953, Don received the Brown Class of 1910 Football Trophy for the highest scholastic standing for a football team member. Don went to Ohio State to dental school and then settled in Bradenton in 1960. Don had his own dental practice on Manatee Avenue from 1960 until he retired in 1997. After retirement, Don built a cabin in Estes Park, Colorado where he and Marilyn would spend their summers. Don was an avid golfer and tennis player and hunter and fly fisherman and loved hiking in the Colorado mountains. Don was active in Ducks Unlimited, the Boys Club of Bradenton, the Bradenton Country Club and Trinity United Methodist Church. Don loved watching Ohio State football, Brown football and Duke basketball. Survivors include his son, Talbert J. Cottey, Tal's wife, Christine Cottey and Don's grandson, Peyton Cottey, all of Arlington, Virginia, his daughter, Tia L. Cottey of Phoenix, Arizona, his sister-in-law, Barbara Cottey of Homasassa, Florida, and his sister-in-law, Margaret Wesler of Austin, Texas. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Don's memory to Ducks Unlimited or The Big Dog Ranch Rescue of Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida. A graveside service and burial will take place at Estes Park Memorial Gardens in Estes Park, Colorado. ?www.GriffithCline.com
Griffith Cline Funeral Home
720 Manatee Ave. W.
Bradenton, FL 34205
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Dec. 31, 2015