Milo Ott, longtime resident of Poway, passed away on December 22, 2011, in Poway, CA. He was 89.
Milo was born in Payson, Utah, in 1922 to Pat and Rosa Boyle. On the death of his mother at nine months of age, Milo was adopted by neighbors G.Fred and Lydia Ott. Milo discovered a passion for flying at an early age. As a young man, he saved his meager wages in post-Depression rural Utah and took flying lessons at the Spanish Fork airport. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Milo was selected as an aviation cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps and earned his wings and commission in the Class of 43-K. Having earned high honors in pilot training, Milo was selected to fly fighter aircraft and served in various capacities as an instructor pilot and tow-target pilot for airborne gunnery training. Early in 1945, he trained in the Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft and was on his way to fly bombing missions in the European Theater, when victory was declared in Europe. He immediately returned for training, this time in the Douglas A-26 Invader. Once again though, his trip to combat was interrupted by good news: victory in the Pacific Theater and the end of World War II
After the war, Milo remained in the Army Air Corps and served as a C-47 pilot and Intelligence Officer in occupied Berlin. His flying duties included transporting personnel and classified documents, including to and from the Soviet Union, and brought him in close contact with major participants associated with two significant events in post-War Europe: the Nuremburg Trials and the beginning of the Cold War.
Milo was released from active duty in 1947 (remaining as a Major in the Air Force Reserves until 1958) and decided to continue pursuing his passion for flying, this time as an airline pilot. After stints with All American Airways (later Allegheny Airlines, then US Airways) and TWA (now a part of American Airlines), Milo took a chance in 1951 by accepting a job as captain with a fledging new airline in San Diego, Pacific Southwest Airlines. Milo stayed with PSA until 1982, when he retired as the senior pilot. During his career, Milo accumulated an estimated 35,000 flying hours.
A lifelong sports fan, Milo played recreational softball until his early 80's and he was a dedicated spectator at sporting events especially those involving his children and grandchildren.
While working with PSA, Milo met and fell in love with a flight attendant named Janice "Necie" Slaten. They married in 1956 and settled in Poway in June of 1963. Their first home was destroyed in the Santa Ana driven fire in October of 1967. They rebuilt on the same lot where they continued raising their family in Poway. Five children graduated from Poway High School.
Milo was a dedicated family man and devoted his life to their well-being. He loved his family unconditionally and was always available to them for help or advice.
Milo is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janice Slaten Ott; children, Suzy Moreno, Janine Ott (Dean) Richey, Milo F.(Alicia) Ott, Larry (Denise) Ott; foster daughter, Bessie Robbins (Alvin) Horseherder; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Lynn Boyle of Payson, UT; and sister, Janis Anderson of Bountiful, UT. He is preceded in death by his daughter, DeAnne Ott (Doug) Barnum.
Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Pomerado Rd. in Poway, CA, on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.