Harry George Botham



Harry George Botham, 82, of Jacksonville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, October 28, 2007 at the Rogue Valley Medical Center, in Medford.



He was a resident of the Royal Mobile Estates Park in Jacksonville, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville. He was born in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. He served in the Canadian army, and was a prisoner of war during World War II. He was a successful salesman, and he was an integral part of two successful restaurants in Nehalem, Ore. and El Granada, Calif. Fifteen years ago, while living in Ukiah, Calif, he started the first annual Pumpkin Festival of Mendocino County, which continues to this date. Harry volunteered as a story teller in the weekly Children's Story Time at the Jacksonville Library, and he was a volunteer with the S.M.A.R.T. readers program at Oak Grove Elementary School. He also taught English as a second language, and he was a reading tutor for adults.



Harry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Botham; sons, Leslie Botham, of Denver, Colo. and Martin Botham, of El Granada, Calif.; daughter, Arlena Harmony, of Medford; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.



A memorial service will be held at the historical First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville at 405 East California Street in Jacksonville at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. Refreshments will be served after the service. A web site has been started in Harry's memory (www.HarryBotham.com). Photographs will be posted and friends are encouraged to post their memories.



Harry will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Harry's favorite charity FOTAS (Friends of the Animal Shelter), P.O. Box 3412, Ashland, OR 97520.