John D. Bothell Sr.

John D. BOTHELL, Sr. John D. Bothell, 80, passed away unexpectedly on February 25, 2011 during an outdoor adventure in the Desert Wildlife Area near Moses Lake WA. The place he loved to frequent most of his life as an avid water fowler. John Sr. was born in Seattle WA March 28, 1930 to the late Howard Sr. and Dorothy Bothell founders of the Bothell Chevrolet Company in Auburn WA. Later to become Bothell Brother's Chevrolet as he and his brother Howard Bothell Jr. took over the family business eventually changing the name to Auburn Chevrolet. John and Howard Jr. sold the family business in 2001. John Sr. graduated from Auburn Senior High School served in the United States Navy. He was also a graduate of the General Motors Dealer Business School. John Sr. was active in the Auburn Community having served as past president of the Kiwanis Club and served his community as a member of the YMCA of Auburn Board of Directors, Auburn Auto Dealers, King County Auto Dealers, Washington State Auto Dealers, Masonic Lodge, Auburn Chamber of Commerce, Shriners, Auburn Elks and was a contributor to the Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl Wildlife Organizations. John Sr. will be remembered for the love and leadership he provided to his family and his love for the Lord as a member of the Overcomer Covenant Church of Auburn. He was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing. He also had a very distinctive laugh and a warm smile for everyone he came in contact with. John Sr is survived by his Brother Howard JR [Doris] Mazatlan Mexico, daughter Johann [Randy] of Auburn, Sons John Jr. and James [Tamie] of Auburn and his grandchildren, Leslie, Ryan, Ashley, Andrew, Gabrielle and Preston. Services will be held on Saturday March 5th 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at Overcomer Covenant Church at 33415 Military Road South, Auburn WA 98001. Burial will take place immediately after the services at Auburn's Mountain View Cemetery, 2020 Mountain View Drive Auburn WA 98001. An Open House Celebration of John's life will follow burial in the upper floor of the Truitt Building 102 West Main Street Auburn WA. 98002. Remembrances Donations can be made to the Auburn Food Bank 930 18th Pl NE Auburn WA 98002 and or the White River Valley Museum Mary Olson Farm 918H St. S.E., Auburn WA. 98002 On line sentiments are available at

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Price-Helton Funeral Home
702 Auburn Way North Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 833-1165

Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 2, 2011