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John Wayne Cotrell

‘A true local boy’

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POSTED October 18, 2009 2:20 a.m.

John Wayne Cotrell was born on Aug. 18, 1931 to Thurman and Verna Cotrell in Stockton, CA. He passed away peacefully at his home Oct. 14 at the age of 78.

John was proud of the fact that he was a true local boy, with his grandfather and his father’s family settling in Manteca in 1919.

He lived in Manteca and attended local schools, graduating from Manteca High in 1950. He especially enjoyed playing on the high school tennis team. He attended Modesto Junior College and received his AA degree while also continuing to play on the tennis team. He then attended College of the Pacific, graduating in 1956 with a major in business and a minor in history. He continued his love for tennis by playing on the college travelling tennis team.

John was patriotic and had a deep love for his country. He served eight years in the Naval Reserves.

His business career began as an employee with Swift & Co. In 1965, he and his two business partners Phil Bloudoff and Ray Costa purchased Ted’s Meat Co. in Stockton and continued a successful business for over 40 years.

In 1972, he and his family moved to their almond ranch between Manteca and Ripon.

John’s favorite activities included waterskiing, boating and fishing. In later years, he enjoyed many trips with friends to Telegraph Cove, British Columbia, where they would fish for salmon, crab and shrimp.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Hallie, as well as his daughter Christine, son-in-law Christopher, son Steven, grandchildren Annie, Breanna, Caryn and Derrick Lake, all of Ripon, and his sister Gail Dunham of Oregon, as well as other loving extended family.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct.  19, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 6060 Northland Road, Manteca. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manteca Historical Society, Memorial Program, P.O. Box. 907, Manteca, CA 95336.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009

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