Bradford Blaine Botts

Bradford Blaine Botts

Bradford Blaine Botts died at his home in Ashland.

Bradford was born near the city of Flora to Bernard and Neva Botts, the oldest of four sons. After a childhood of raising livestock and farming, he graduated from Flora High School in 1936.

He entered the Army Air Corps where during WWII he served aboard a B24 bomber that flew 50 missions over Germany and Italy.

After the war he married Phyllis May Zollman of Enterprise in La Grande on Feb. 11, 1946. The couple moved to Ashland in 1947, where Bradford was employed for over 30 years in the timber industry.

He enjoyed many outdoor activities including fishing and hunting.

He never forgot his roots in Wallowa County and returned frequently for visits.

During retirement his passions became golfing, gardening and his grandchildren. He was known to play a mean game of cribbage or rummy.

He was a 59-year member of the Ashland Elks Lodge.

During his life Bradford often talked about his B24 emergency landing on the Enterprise golf course in 1944 while on a training mission. He always expressed his gratitude to the Enterprise community whose quick thinking and car headlights lit a landing field that saved him and his fellow crew members.

He is survived by his sons, Craig Botts and his wife Shirley of Ashland and Monte Botts of Ashland; four granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Orville Zollman and his wife Harriett of Medford, and Kenneth Zollman and his wife Ella of Peoria, Ariz.; sisters-in-law Jean (Zollman) Rametes of Gold Hill and Ruby Zollman of Joseph; and many nieces and nephews.

His Eastern Oregon family includes his cousins Ervin and Charlie Botts of Enterprise and Ivan and Maxine Botts lately of Troy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Phyllis; brothers, Brady, Delmar and Howard Botts.

No services were held, but a gathering of family and friends was held at his home in Ashland.

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