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OBITUARY: Thurston Ott

Thurston Ott passed away peacefully in his home the morning of August 25, 2011. It just so happened to be 65 years to the day from his baptism. He was 89 years old and lived a full life.

Thurston was born on May 28, 1922 in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and later moved to Prescott, Arizona, before settling in California … where he attended school. Prior to WWII, he was counseled on joining the U.S. Army to obtain a rank, knowing that war was about to engulf the world. As a Staff Sergeant, he was sent to Europe. His participation in the ‘Battle of the Bulge’ was a source for many stories.

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Thurston then enrolled at BIOLA and received a Bachelors Degree in Theology and was ordained. After marrying and starting a family, he ministered at churches in the Central Valley and Southern California. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for many years. In 1974, he started a company in Pasadena that stills bears his unique first name.

Retiring to South Lake Tahoe in 1989, he was known to many for his involvement as a

volunteer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary attaining the rank of Flotilla Commander for several years, and becoming the Division Public Education Officer. He enjoyed teaching boating classes, and performing boat safety inspections.

He is survived by son Steve of South Lake Tahoe, CA; daughter Debbie of Laughlin, NV; granddaughter Iris of Stockton, CA;

granddaughter Jackie of Las Vegas, NV; and many others. Those who knew him well, found comfort in his critical humor, wisdom,

and polite sarcasm.

As was said recently, meeting him was a memorable experience.

He always had a joke or quip for all situations. His favorite line was,

“If I’m ever late for dinner, check the obituaries.”

celebration of life

Wednesday • August 31, 2011 • 6 pm

Sierra Community Church

1165 Sierra Blvd • South Lake Tahoe, CA

In lieu of flowers, please tip your waitress very well

and treat everyone with respect.


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