Christian John Cotter (1995 - 2018)

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On June 5, 2018 we lost a bright soul and the world became a little dimmer. Christian Cotter passed away Tuesday evening after a tragic accident on the South Yuba River. Christian was born January 9, 1995 in Sacramento, California. He attended Caleb Greenwood Elementary/Middle School and graduated from Hiram W. Johnson High School. While attending high school, Christian went above and beyond and earned many awards, medals and recognition for his accomplishments. He had a love for wrestling which started at a very young age. He competed over the years in SAWA freestyle wrestling tournaments with Team Mixed Breed under the mentorship of Coach Jeff Morris. In 2010 Christian won the SAWA freestyle championship in his division. In 2012 Christian won the Jason White Memorial "Most Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler" award. During his senior year (2013), he won the Metro League Championship in his division and was a two-time Masters Qualifier for Northern California. Christian was awarded the "Athlete of the Year" award from Hiram W. Johnson High School and was also presented by the United States Marine Corps with the "Distinguished Athlete Award." Christian also competed in his first mixed martial arts fight with Gladiator Challenge, American Dream event with Team Mixed Breed. He accomplished all of this while graduating with honors with a 3.75 GPA. Right after high school Christian joined the Marine Corps. During his time serving in the Marines he earned a Grey Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, as well as the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and Expert Rifle Qualification Badge. He served time in Camp Lejeune and Frankfurt, Germany where he established a brotherhood with many fellow Marines that were like family to him. In September of 2017 after serving 4 years in the Marine Corps, Christian was honorably discharged as a Sergeant and began pursuing a career in firefighting. Christian's family, friends, and anyone whose life he touched, knew Christian had a personal relationship with Christ, had an amazing sense of humor, a heart of gold, and was there whenever you needed him. Prior to his passing, Christian was an assistant coach for the Sacramento State University Wrestling Club under the guidance of Head Coach Caleb Mack. Christian volunteered for this paid position, deferring his compensation back into the funds for the club. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, such as his "Scoop Troop" gang, and all of his workout buddies at CrossFit Sacramento, and was in constant contact with all of his Marine family in Camp Lejeune and Frankfurt, Germany. Christian was a fan of all things Batman. He loved taking naps, getting his burger on at In-N-Out, hiking, enjoying a good movie or TV show and enthusiastically singing; despite the fact he couldn't carry a tune. Christian will be forever loved and missed by his parents John and Betty, sisters Cortney, Heather and Bailey, along with his nephew Elijah, brother-in-law Dan, his Nana Ruby, his uncle, many aunts, and cousins. Team Cotter forever! All are welcome to attend Christian's Services which will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery June 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM located at 6509 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95820. Following burial services his reception will be held at Hiram Johnson High School at 6879 14th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820.
Published in The Sacramento Bee from June 12 to June 13, 2018
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