James T. Botkin Jr. “Jim”

Visitations will be held from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 and a memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday,. Oct. 5 at Dopkins Chapel in Dinuba for James T. Botkin Jr. “Jim”.

He passed away Sept. 27 surrounded by his family in Dinuba at the age of 90.

Jim was born Aug. 21, 1922 in Los Angeles.

He was a retired Program Supervisor for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy six days after Pearl Harbor and served his country for five years. He served on the USS Sterett and was part of the historic night battles on Nov. 12 and 13, 1942 at Guadalcanal and the battle of Vela Gulf in Aug. 1943. He was the past president of Exeter Sportsman Assoc., Past Commander of the Exeter Post 94 the America Legion, past Master of Fraser Lodge 294 and veteran member/past director of the Shrine Clowns. He was a member of Garde Le Porte Passe 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 American and American Legion Post 432, Cambria, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his son Larry Botkin; two great-grandchildren, Alyxandra Tweedy and Garrett Botkin; parents Jim and Rachel Botkin; and a brother, Hugh Botkin.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Juanita; brother, George Botkin of Fresno; sister. Martha Franzen of Visalia; daughter, Linda Rotan of Reedley; son, Joe of San Diego, Dave of Reedley and Steven of Corona; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to: Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817-2215.

Arrangements under the direction of Dopkins Chapel.

 

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