Donald Lee Kothman
Donald Lee Kothman, born July 10, 1930, in Red Bluff, passed away at home in Bishop on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. He was 82 years old. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Grace Lutheran, 711 N. Fowler St. in Bishop. Pastor Kenton Puls will officiate.
Don and his five brothers and sisters spent most of their early education years in the Bishop School system; he graduated from Bishop High School in 1948 and proudly served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1950-1954. Don married the love of his life, Jody Ackerman, on Oct. 8, 1953, and together built their life, raising four children. He worked underground as a miner for Union Carbide for 30 years.
Don and Jody have been members of Grace Lutheran Church since 1955.
Over the years he served on many boards as Trustee, Elder, Sunday School Superintendent and Board of Education Chairman. Always eager to “roll up his sleeves,” he was an ever-present participant on the crews building and maintaining the church property and its extensions and participated in the building of Grace Preschool. In retirement he spent many years at his favorite “job” doing custodial/maintenance work at the preschool – known affectionately by the children as “Mr. Don.”
Don is survived by Jody Kothman, his loving wife of 59 years.
Siblings: Elsie (Stan) Ball of Bishop and Bob (Phyllis) Kothman of Ridgecrest.
Children: Kathie Keesler, Linda (Wes) McConnell, Susan (Rick) Laituri and Steven (Ann) Kothman.
Grandchildren: Melissa (Rob) Motley, Christian (Renelle) Keesler; Amy Layman, Jody DeSousa, Clinton (Anita) Reeve; Garrett (Stacey) Laituri; Zoe Kothman and Graham Kothman.
He is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild due in early summer; numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Don was preceded in death by his mother, Grace, and father, Edgar; brother, Hilton Kothman; and sisters, Opal Norton and Joy Abbott.
Humble, kind, and often stubborn, Don was generous with his time and talents, always present to lend a hand or quietly offer his advice. With his family, church and community at the center of his life, Don lived in service and never realized how much of an effect his life had on others.
He was respected by those who knew him and greatly loved by his family and friends.