Herbert N. Votaw September 15, 1927-May 4, 2013 Herb Votaw was born September 15, 1927 in Los Angeles, CA. He moved to Los Molinos, CA at the age of 4 and spent the next fifteen years in Los Molinos with short periods in Los Angeles. Herb went through the Los Molinos school system with the class of 1945 and was drafted into the Army after high school. Upon completion of his tour in Germany he returned to Southern California where he met his future wife Darlene Williams. The two wed on February 6, 1648. They remained married for 58 years until her death in 2006. They spent their first 17 years of their marriage living in Lakewood, CA, though Herb's heart was always in Los Molinos. They moved to Los Molinos in 1966 and never left. Herb worked his entire career as a machinest and retired as a tool and die maker for Matthews Conveyor Company, Chico in 1986. Herb was always involved in local sports, their wasn't a sport he didn't love. Herb loved the community of Los Molinos and worked hard to promote it. He volunteered countless hours for the 4th of July Parade and Mayor's race. He was honored to be the Honorary Mayor and Grand Marshall of the parade. He belonged to both the Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Center. Most locals know him best as a leader in the VFW Post 3909 and the Veterans Memorial Hall. There was not an event in town that he did not support and everyone knew they could count on him. Herb is survived by his children: Skip (Rose) Votaw, Debbie (Dennis) Chamberlin, Janette Votaw, Herb (Lynne) Votaw, his sister Margaret Benson, and brother Benny Benson. Eleven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Herb was predeceased by his wife Phyllis Darlene Votaw, mother Margaret Bensen, father Quinby Votaw, brothers Red, Jack, and Harry Votaw, sisters Jannette Thompson, Lucille Gariepy, Margarite Votaw, and Beverly Owen. A memorial service will be held at the Los Molinos Veterans Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Los Molinos VFW Post 3909 Scholarship fund. The family wishes to thank the staff at Enloe Rehabilition Center for their compassionate care.
Published in Daily News on May 10, 2013