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William W. Mott

Dec 4, 2012 - Staff

William W. Mott, of Lander, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the University of Colorado Medical Center. He was 70 years old.

Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Mountain View Baptist Church, 290 E. Main St., Lander. Cremation has taken place, and burial will be at a later date.

William W. Mott was born Aug. 25, 1942, in Billings, Mont., the son of Jack Mott and Margaret Phillips Guptill. He attended schools in Billings, Mont.

He was a cowboy who began ranch work for the Ferster ranch in Absarokee, Mont. He worked alongside his brother-in-law and stepfather for many years. Later in life, he worked in the oil fields as a roustabout. After a back injury, he worked as a janitor in the Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, Mont.

On April 3, 1976, he married Catherine R. Harrington in Billings, Mont. The couple made their home in Billings, Conrad, Great Falls and Stanford, Mont., before moving to Lander in 2002.

He spent 10 years assisting Joe and Glen Kummer at Kummer's Towing. Even in his 60s, Mr. Mott thought nothing of going up Red Canyon to help pull a vehicle from the barrow ditch. He recounted a few times when wind gusts of 60 mph pushed the tow truck. He was a slight man of 120 pounds, and the wind nearly lifted him into the barrow ditch, but he never complained. He said, "That's just what you gotta do."

He was a faithful member of Mountain View Baptist Church, and his family said he served the Lord in any capacity required.

His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, working in his yard, being with his pets and going to family reunions. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine of Lander; daughter Jamie Joaquin and her husband Antinoio of Lander; son Timothy P. Mott of Great Falls, Mont.; grandsons Russell W. Mott of Great Falls, Mont., Josiah Underwood of Lander and Zacharias Joaquin of Lander; granddaughter Marisa Mott-Joaquin of Lander; brother Bernie Lee of Kansas; sisters Peggy Ferster of Absarokee, Mont., and Cindy of Colorado; brothers-in-law Alvin J. Harrington and his wife Bonnie of Billings, Mont., and Harry A. Harrington and his wife Kathryn of Anchorage, Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberely Mott; his parents; grandmother Suzie; in-laws Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Harrington; a sister; and dear cousins with whom he had an especially close relationship.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Mountain View Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.

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