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Donald Botimer

Posted 2017-02-16 by mhenderson
Today's News-Herald, Lake Havasu City, AZ
>>> Published on Thursday, February 16, 2017 <<<

Donald “Don” Botimer, 80, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 12, 2017 at
Havasu Regional Medical Center.

Don was born in Binghamton, New York on March 10, 1936 during a
great flood. The family traveled frequently for his father’s job
with Goodyear.

After his father’s death in 1939, his mother moved them back to her
hometown of Waukegan, Ill. Don was a 1954 graduate of Waukegan High
School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1957. He married Carol
Hutchings, Aug. 8, 1964 in Grayslake, Ill. and moved to Gurnee, Ill.
He welcomed daughters Kathryn, Stacie and Deborah.

Don drove a truck for 55 years, retiring from his last job at Yellow
Freight in 2002, after 19 years. He moved to Havasu in 2003 after
retiring.

Don enjoyed working outdoors, gardening, raising livestock, and
collecting and tinkering with anything mechanical. He loved driving
his 1948 Farmall Cub tractor, camping, and enjoying the Colorado
River on his pontoon boat. He explored desert trails in his Suzuki
Samurai and attended races at SARA Park.

Don attended the Gurnee Community Church in Gurnee for 32 years and
St. Michael’s in Lake Havasu for 14 years. He was the founding
member of the “Retired Old Man People Watching Club.” Above all, his
most favorite times were spent with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl C. and Alice M.
Twentyman Botimer, brother Allen C. Botimer, in-laws Nick and
Shirley Hutchings, and brother-in-law Tom Hutchings.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Carol, daughters
Kathryn Botimer, Stacie (Scott) Miller, Deborah (James) Harrison,
grandchildren: Alissa Koop, Samantha Smith, Timothy Miller, Justin
Miller, Anastasia Smith, Nicole Harrison, Jacob Harrison and Jimmy
Harrison, sisters-in-law Doris Botimer and Pam Hutchings, nieces and
nephews, close friends Dave and Tina Minnoch, Rafael and Maria
Espino, and many friends in Illinois and Arizona. Don left a lasting
impression on everyone he met.

Services are 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. Michaels United Methodist Church.

Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.

Thoughts and condolences can be sent to the Botimer family at lietz-
frazefuneralhome.com.




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