Frederick William (Rick) Botts, III
Rick Botts, 58, died of colon cancer on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in his Austin home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 27, 1955 in Dallas to Miriam Croley Botts and Frederick William Botts, Jr. He attended The Sanctuary church where he also operated the sound board and played electric bass, and was a member of the Friday Night Poker Boys. Preceding him in death are his parents and his brother in law, John Bass. Rick is survived by wife Barbara Bass Botts, daughter Katherine Anne Botts, sister Kim Botts Anderson, nephew Beau James Anderson and wife Helen, brothers Christopher Logan Botts and Casey William Botts, aunt Martha Croley Bass Click, cousins Hutch and John Bass, Martha Bauman and Mimi Langdon; stepfather Kimball Watson and wife Bea, and four stepsisters. Other cherished family includes mother-in-law Beverly Bass and brother-in-law James Bass; sisters-in-law Carolyn Bass of Cancun and Carolyn Lucas Bass of Dallas; nephew Jack Bass and wife Eloise; niece Sarah Bass and husband The Reverend Bert Baetz. Especially treasured are great-nephews and great-nieces Trey, Oliver, John, George, Ashlyn, and Eloise. Shannon Bass, born on his birthday, survives as goddaughter. The family moved to Buenos Aires when Rick was 5, where he became fluent in Spanish through his playmates. He attended St. Andres and American Community (Lincoln) schools. When he was 14, the family returned, and he attended Highland Park Junior High and graduated from The Westminster Schools, Atlanta. After two years of religious studies at the University of Virginia, he moved to Vermont to turn bowls and trim apple trees throughout the winter with Bill Logan, then on to Los Angeles and Santa Fe to work with family. After working as a cabinetmaker for Shelter Associates in Charlottesville where he met Barbara, he answered the call of music and earned a degree in Studio Guitar from the University of Southern California. They married in 1985 in Dallas. Katherine was born in 1989. He taught all guitar styles in Santa Monica. When Katherine was 4, the completed family settled in Austin, where he worked at UT in User Services for 13 years. He was employed at Concordia University Texas as Director of Customer Support, where he was showered with Christian Love. We remember Rick for his talents to build and repair anything and everything, his love of cooking without a recipe, his talent for friendship, and his gift to make us laugh. His family was the focus of his life, and his love and support of others was always evident in his relationships. A celebration of Rick's life was held at The Sanctuary, followed by graveside burial at Austin Memorial Park.