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Emory Lee Bothast

Emory Lee Bothast
June 26, 1929 - Jan. 3, 2013

Reverend Emory Lee Bothast, born in
Union City, Indiana, the son of Charles Lee and Mirl Bothast, loving husband of Joan A. Rapp. He grew up on a farm in Indiana and after graduating from high school, joined the U.S. Navy serving in communications on the USS Salem for five years. He then pursued his education graduating from Boston University, School of Business Administration with a B.S. degree prior to entering the Boston University School of Theology, graduating with a B.S. degree in Theology. He was ordained by Bishop John Wesley Lord at the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. As a member of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served as Associate Pastor in the Weston UMC, Weston, MA. and also as a Pastor in Methodist Churches in Milford, N.H., Keene, N.H., and Westfield, MA. He did extensive graduate work in group dynamics and was invited to conduct a pilot project nationwide with Transamerica Occidental Co. After much deliberation, he accepted and went on voluntary location from the New England Methodist Annual Conference. This required the family moving to California.
After the success of this program, he was offered the position of Assoc. VP of Training with Transamerica which he held until 1982. He went on to become a Certified Life Underwriter (CLU) with a successful practice in Pasadena. The family joined First UMC Pasadena while he still retained his affiliation with the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church until his death. He was a member of the Pasadena Methodist Foundation, the Bio-Ethics Committee of the Huntington Memorial Hospital and served on the Spiritual Care Services of the visitation program by Pastors.
He is survived by his wife, children and their spouses and grandchildren—Laura Lee and John Fitzpatrick, Emory Lee Bothast, II and Samantha, Byron and Charles Fitzpatrick; Joely, Lily and Alex Bothast. He leaves behind a legacy of love, faith
and inspiration leading from an exemplary life.
A memorial service will be held on January 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Ca. 91101. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pasadena Methodist Foundation at the above address.

Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 15, 2013
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