James T. Botkin Jr. "Jim" Jim was born August 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 Ca. Dept. of Food & Agriculture. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy 6 days after Pearl Harbor and served his Country for 5 years. He served on the USS Sterett & was part of the historic night battles on Nov. 12&13, 1942 at Guadalcanal & the battle of Vela Gulf in Aug. 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 & veteran member/past director of the Shrine 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; brother George Botkin of Fresno, sister Martha Franzen of Visalia Ca; daughter Linda Rotan of Reedley, sons Joe of San Diego, Dave of Reedley, and Steven of Corona; 11 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Larry Botkin; two great-grandchildren, Alyxandra Tweedy & Garrett Botkin; parents Jim & Rachel Botkin; and a brother, Hugh Botkin. Visitation, Thursday, Oct. 4, 5-8pm and memorial service, Saturday, Oct. 6, 11am at Dopkins Chapel, Dinuba. Reception to follow Sat service. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to: Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, Ca 95817-2215 Arrangements by Dopkins Chapel.
Published by Visalia Times-Delta on Oct. 3, 2012.