June 4, 1938 - October 13, 2011
Born in Redding to Buck and Blanche Abbott. A lifelong South Cow Creek resident, Dad grew up learning the ways of a cowman from his father and mother. Along with the ranch Dad worked outside as well. He spent many years in the logging woods as a cat skinner. When logging bottomed out Dad went to construction still on the cat. Then as construction slowed he stuck with what he knew best, the cows. Dad worked at Shasta Livestock for 20 plus years. He enjoyed riding colts, raising a good dog, and cows. At the auction yard Dad could have all this. Most of all he enjoyed the ranch and being at home with family, schooling us in the right way to do things. After a paralyzing accident in 2004 Dad never wavered, he still watched every cow go through the chute. He was a member of the Shasta County Cattlemen.
Contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice and the Millville Historical Society.
He is survived by wife Susan, daughter Robyn Caldwell (Marc), step-son Abner McKenzie (Stacey), sister Donna Abbott, granddaughter Kayla Boring, grandsons Hunter Caldwell, Cole McKenzie, and Conner McKenzie, and four nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Donald, his daughter Toni Abbott, and his son Buster Abbott.
Services will be held October 22, 2011 at Allen and Dahl Funeral Chapel in Palo Cedro at 11:00, with a potluck reception immediately following at the family ranch in Millville.