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Carroll Gene Ott, 86, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2017, at East Helena, Montana, with congestive heart failure. He died very peacefully at his sister, "Bobbie" Geneva Hoffman's home, surrounded by family. He is now an Angel. God has given him his wings.
Carroll was born on Aug. 16, 1930, to ALouis and Johnnie (Wharton) Ott, in Indianola, in Pittsburg County. Carroll was a licensed contractor and completed 50 years of continuous membership and receive a Life Membership of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in the State of California. He was known for his craftsmanship and skills as a finished carpenter, millwork and cabinet maker.
Carroll loved bowling. He bowled at the Knotting Pines Lanes in Pollock Pines, California, for 30 years and was the president of the Mid-Week Wonders league for 25 of those years. He was also very active in the Junior Bowling program and was a member of Sir Branch 113 since 1998. He was also the president of the Senior Monday mix league. Carroll competed in numerous tournaments and was famous for his curve, semi-curve and straight ball and used three different balls and had names for each one of them. His favorite one, he named "Pumpkin". He was also notorious for his high games, and won many awards. One of his greatest achievements was his Thursday Late Nighters High Series score of 633. Carroll was hoping that once he moved to Montana his health would improve so that he would be able to teach his nephew, Rory Hoffman, his famous curve ball. Dominos was also a true passion of Carroll's and for those who had the honor and pleasure of playing with him knew he would win 9 times out of 10.
Carroll was very grateful and proud to be an elected officer and to serve as Junior Governor from 1981 to 1982, Governor from 1982 to 1983, Junior Past Governor from 1983 to 1984, and then Governor once again from 1985 to 1986 for the Moose Lodge No. 567 in Concord, California. He was recognized and appreciated for his outstanding assistance with many plaques and badges.
Carroll leaves behind one son and granddaughter and three step-children, Dottie and husband, Tony Contino, of Lakeport, California, Michael Collins, of Lakeport, California, and Bryan Collins, of Pennsylvania, and many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his brother, Harold and wife, Juanita Ott, of Eufaula, and sister, Geneva "Bobbie" Hoffman, of East Helena, Montana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, ALouis and Johnnie Ott; brothers, Ed, Monk and Curtis Ott, and sister, LouEditha Shepherd.
He also leaves numerous bowling friends and wonderful neighbors who helped him in his time of illness in California. C and T restaurant, he will miss you. Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and staff in Folsom, California, you will also be missed.
When Carroll smiles, his eyes and face would light up the whole room. His charm, wittiness and one-liners captured everyone's heart that had the pleasure of meeting him. His hand gestures and facial expression will be forever engraved in the memories of those who knew him and had the opportunity to be around him. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all!
The Family would like to thank St. Peter's Hospital, Staff, St. Peter's Hospice and Staff for their kindness, loving care and making this chapter in Carroll's life more comfortable.
Cremation has taken place and a tribute to Carroll's life will be held in August in Montana. There will also be a tribute in Pollock Pines, California next summer. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Carroll, please send to St. Peter's Hospice, 2475 Broadway, Helena, Montana, 59601.
Hospice Nurse, Nancy, your kindness and loving care to Carroll was so appreciated.
Carroll's saying was, "I LOVE MONTANA!"
Published on July 5, 2017
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