Carolyn Ann Ott

Carolyn Ann OttCarolyn Ann Ott, 73, went home to be with the Lord on June 21, 2017, after a very long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., on April 19, 1944, as the only child of Charlie F. Essman and Louella F. Essman. The family lived in Tulelake, Calif., where she spent her early life until going to college.

Carolyn went to Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Ore., where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1965. Her first year of teaching was at the elementary school in Yreka.

She then taught at Tulelake Elementary School until 1969 when she returned to Southern Oregon College to earn her master’s degree in education in 1971. She returned to Tulelake to continue teaching.

In 1973 she met Jerald (Jerry) Ott while doing summer work as a field boss for an onion weeding crew on the Ott homestead.

They were married Nov. 16, 1974, and had one daughter. Jerry had re-enlisted in the Navy in 1973 so Carolyn became a Navy wife. She traveled with Jerry to his various duty stations during his Navy career until 1984 when they transferred to the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, for his final tour of duty.

They moved into their new house in 1986 and have lived in Ridgecrest since then. Carolyn was always active in her church and teaching school wherever they lived, always checking for substitute teaching work. In Ridgecrest she substituted for the Sierra Sands Unified School District and also taught summer programs in Trona’s elementary school. Carolyn also found work at the NWC Training Center doing various projects.

Jerry convinced her to apply at Cerro Coso Community College because she had a master’s degree. She was immediately hired to work in the Basic Skills Department because of her eementary school background.

She started teaching basic reading and then basic skills arithmetic for 25 years until the onset of the dementia.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Jerry, her daughter, Jennifer (Jason) Outlaw, her Aunt Shirley (Gene) Rosecrans, Aunt Donna (Arthur) Bunch, Aunt Trudy (David) Bunch and dozens of cousins throughout the United States.

She was preceded in death by her father Charlie F. Essman and her mother Louella F. Essman. A visitation will be held in the chapel on July 1 at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Holland and Lyons Mortuary in Ridgecrest.

Graveside services will be held at Klamath Memorial Park in Klamath Falls, Ore., on July 15, where she will be laid in her final resting place next to her mom and dad. Davenport’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd at 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls, is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA.

— Submitted by the family of Carolyn Ott

Story First Published: 2017-06-30