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Jack Harold Botts



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Born Liberal, Kansas 5 November 1918
Lived in Porterville, CA 16 October 1940

228 Laurel

Enlisted 16 May 1941
1st Combat Mission Youks-les-Bains Airfield, Algeria 22 January 1943
Died Waco, Texas 17 January 2008

Deceased Name: Jack H. Botts

Jack H. Botts, 89, of Waco, Texas, passed away to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008.

Jack was born Nov. 5, 1918, in Liberal, Kan., and resided in Porterville, Calif. and Perkins before moving to Waco in July of 2005, to be near family. He enjoyed spending time with family, was an avid Baylor Lady Bear basketball fan and member of the Tip Off Club.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Army Air Corps as a gunner. As a member of the 47th Bomb Group, he served in Tunisia, Sicily and Naples-Foggia. He earned a Silver Star, an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters and two Purple Hearts for his heroism in combat as well as numerous other medals.

Jack spent his entire professional career involved in agriculture as a rancher, appraiser and agriculture loan officer.

While in Oklahoma, he delivered Mobile Meals for Stillwater Medical Center and volunteered in the Stillwater Airport Museum.

He leaves behind his wife of 60 year, Martha Joan (Bilyeu) Botts and three daughters, Julie and husband, Lt. Col. (ret.) Bruce Bennett, of Bruceville, Texas, Becky and husband, Les Crowl, of Sparks, Nev. and Sara Burns of Redondo Beach, Calif. He also is survived by four granddaughters and a grandson, Jennifer and Kevin Monday of Dunbar, W.V., Heather Kearney of Lorena, Texas, Erin and Bobby Bryce of Frisco, Texas, SSgt Reese and Heather Vaughan of Fort Meade, Md. and Megan and Ricci Bottoms of Lorena, Texas. In addition, nine great grandchildren survive him.

Buried Stillwater, OK 26 January 2008

Sunset Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum
Stillwater, Payne County, Oklahoma, USA


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