James "Jim"-Botkin, Jr.-Obituary

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James "Jim" Thomas Botkin, Jr.

Dinuba, California

Aug 21, 1922 – Sep 27, 2012


August 21, 1922
September 27, 2012
Dinuba, California


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Dopkins Funeral Chapel - Dinuba Obituary

Jim was born Aug. 21, 1922 in Los Angeles, CA. He passed away on September 27, 2012, surrounded by his family in Dinuba, CA, at the age of 90. He was a retired Program Supervisor for the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy six days after Pearl Harbor and served his Country for 5 years. He served on the USS Sterett and was part of the historic night battles on November 12 & 13, 1942, at Guadalcanal and the battle of Vela Gulf in August 1943. He was a past president of Exeter Sportsman Assoc., past Commander of Exeter Post 94 the American Legion, Past Master of Fraser Lodge 294 and veteran member and past director of the Shriners Clowns. He was a member of Tulare County Voiture 566 the 40 et 8, Orange Belt Lodge 303, Selma Lodge 277, Fresno Bodies of the Scottish Rite, Tehran Shrine Temple of Fresno, Tin Can Sailors of America & American Legion Post 432, Cambria, Ca.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Juanita; his brother, George Botkin of Fresno; his sister, Martha Franzen of Visalia, CA; his daughter, Linda Rotan of Reedley; his sons, Joe of San Diego, Dave of Reedley, and Steven of Corona; 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Botkin; two great-grandchildren, Alyxandra Tweedy and Garrett Botkin; his parents, Jim and Rachel Botkin; and a brother, Hugh Botkin.

Visitation is on Thursday, October 4, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Dopkins Funeral Chapel. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 6, 11:00 a.m. at Dopkins Chapel. Reception to follow Saturday's service.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to: Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95817-2215

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Jim was my friend and Lodge Brother. I will miss our pot lucks where I use to set across from him and listen to his stories and get his advice.

Please except my condolences at this time of grief. Just remember all the wonderful years you had together. I just wish we could have been closer.

To Juanita and the entire Botkin family:
On behalf of the USS Sterett Association, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. We were honored to have Jim as part of our group and especially grateful for his presence at the reunions. The courage and dedication to duty of Jim and all the DD 407 crewmen have served as an inspiration to all the Sterett sailors that have followed.
We will miss him.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet most of the family. I really enjoyed the time we had together. Sorry I can't be there with you. Just remember this. When people tell you that they are sorry about your lost loved one, you can reply that he is not lost because you know where he is, he is now with his maker. I hope to make another visit before long. With all my love and deepest sympathy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will miss Jim and his sweet spirit, and contaigious smile.

Jim was one of the most colorful people I have ever met....so many good times shared.. unfortgetable Bokin parties to remember....we should all find the joy in life that Jim had....cheers Jim...hope St. Peter gets those gates open because Stan is waiting for you!!! Lenora

As Heaven welcomes a great man, we mourn the loss of one of our finest! I would like to express my sympathy for your entire family. "Uncle Jim" was a kind, hard working, honest man. Just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of loss, but know Mr. B had a full and wonderful life with his family and friends.