On Super Bowl Sunday, February 12, 2023, James Dale Ott, 84, of Kanab, Utah, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.
Jim was born on October 13, 1938 to Jenis Layton Ott and Bessie Patterson Ott in Ogden, Utah. He attended Tropic Elementary and Tropic High School until his family moved to St. George his sophomore year of high school. While in St. George, he played football, basketball and ran track. He was a naturally gifted and talented athlete. After graduating high school, he entered the army and served his country from 1958-1961.
In 1962, he met and married Jana Deen Slade. After graduating from Dixie College, they moved to Kanab, UT where initially he taught both 5th and 6th grade with half the day in Orderville and half the day at Kanab Elementary. In addition to teaching, he loved coaching Kanab High School football and track. He retired from coaching in 1995. Jim and Jan had 2 children: Deena K. Ott and Darin Dale Ott.
During these years, Jim was also fine tuning his craft of becoming one of the best cattlemen in Utah. He has shared his knowledge and expertise with many cattlemen throughout Utah. He was often called for advice on everything from how to treat an injured cow, what to do for an ailing bull to more complex issues such as breeding and raising bulls. As he leaves us here on earth, so does a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cattleman industry. He was instrumental in his craft.
In 1999, after Jan Ott passed away, he was able to find love again in 2004 when he married Gaylene Gifford. Jim and Gaylene spent 18 years together; enjoyed an Alaskan cruise, many great classic country concerts, movies and dinners with other cowboys and their wives.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, Layton P. and younger sister, Rosalyn O. DeBeve. He is survived by his wife Gaylene Gifford Ott; Children: Darin Dale Ott of St. George Ut and Deena K. Ott, Allen, Tx; Stepchildren Darren (Carla Dawn) Gifford St. George, Ut, Janea Janke Bluffdale Ut., April (Ross) Hunt Fredonia, AZ. 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The world has lost an amazing light and soul, our hearts are deeply saddened but we rejoice that he has been made whole in his eternal home. His nicknames, spirit and his colorful encouraging words will live in our hearts forever.
We are grateful for all the caretakers, family and friends who helped make the last few weeks a little more bearable. We appreciate you all.
Special thanks to one of Jim’s favorite football players and friend, Danny Cox for creating the Facebook page Celebrating Jim Ott. He loved hearing all the funny stories and all the thoughtful accolades.
There will be a viewing held Thursday February 16th, 2023 from 6-8pm at the Kanab South Chapel.
Services will be held at Kanab South Chapel on February 17, 2023 at 11:00am. With a viewing from 9-10:45am prior to the service. Burial will be in the Kanab cemetery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.
In Lieu of flowers donations to KHS Athletic Department can be made by check made payable to KHS Athletic Dept. 59 E Cowboy Way Kanab UT 84741, by Venmo @KHS-2021 memo Jim Ott or you may contact Deb Jones (435) 644-6403