Marion "Oats" DeSoto, 88, passed away Sept. 26, 2013, in Sterling. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home, with Deacon Ron Michieli officiating. Military Honors will immediately follow at the Veterans Memorial in Columbine Park. Private inurnment will be held at a later date.
Oats was born Nov. 21, 1924, in Sterling to James and Pauline (Doglio) DeSoto. He attended Sanders School, graduating from Sterling High School in 1942.
He entered the U.S. Army in May of 1945, serving with the 754th Tank Battalion during World War II, and was honorably discharged in December 1946.
Oats raised cattle and farmed with his three brothers, Tom, Albert and John, until his retirement in 1980.
He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling and was an avid sports fan. Highlights for Oats were spending the winters in South Padre Islands, Texas, that resulted in the annual Oats DeSoto Fish Fry he hosted at the American Legional hall in Sterling. He also enjoyed traveling to many Army reunions, reuniting with old friends.
He was also instrumental in the planning and building of the Veterans Memorial at Columbine Park.
Oats was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, a life member of BPOE Elks Lodge No. 1336, VFW Post No. 3541, American Legion Post No. 20, Colorado Cattlemen's Association and Riverview Golf Course.
Oats is survived by sister, Grace Accomasso; brother, John DeSoto and wife Mary; sisters-in-law, Angie DeSoto and Jenevieve DeSoto, all of Sterling; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by parents, James and Pauline DeSoto; brothers and sisters, James DeSoto, Domenic DeSoto, Nora Bianco, Eugene DeSoto, Lela Manuello, Kathryne Bianco, Thomas DeSoto, Albert DeSoto and Rosemary Guenzi.
Memorials may be made to the Oats DeSoto Memorial Fund in care of Chaney Reager Funeral Home or the charity of donor's choice.