Joseph Bob Hott, 67 year old Hornbrook resident, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at his home following a long illness.
Joe was born September 2, 1945 in Palo Alto to Loston and Mary Hott. He was raised in Palo Alto and Boulder Creek, attending Garfield Jr. High and San Lorenzo Valley High School. It was in 1958 in junior high that Joe met Diane Rocca. They were married on June 20, 1964 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Boulder Creek. They later settled to raise their family in Felton. Joe worked in the Santa Cruz mountains logging as a choker setter. He then worked for 27 years for the San Lorenzo Valley High School in maintenance and janitorial. Joe and Diane moved to Siskiyou County 19 years ago.
Joe enjoyed camping, boating, fishing, target shooting and raising his ducks and geese. He collected Roy Rogers memorabilia and radio control vehicles. He enjoyed watching wrestling (WWE) with his grandson, JJ, NCIS and NASCAR and loved to sponsor Toby Judd race his #3 Ford at the Siskiyou Speedway in Yreka. Joe and his son, Joey, loved playing together with their model train collection on the table which Joe and Diane made together. Joe worked with his grandson, Charley, on many mechanical projects; the most memorable was when they put Joe’s “cherry picker” together.
Joe was a volunteer with the Felton Fire Department for 28 years. He was the president of the Hornbrook Neighborhood Watch Program and a member of the Siskiyou County wide Neighborhood Watch Program.
Joe is survived by Diane, his wife of 48 years; 3 children, Edith Buckingham and her fiancé, Dan Best, Suzanne Hott and Joseph Hott, all of Hornbrook; 2 brothers, John Hott and his wife, Marilee of Cupertino and Anthony Castro of Watsonville; five grandchildren, Gerald “J.J.” and Charles “Charley” (Destiny) Buckingham, Kira Hott, Krysta Hott and Gabe Best; a great granddaughter, Lilyana and 5 nieces and nephews, Elaine, Christina, David, John and Mark Hott.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Tuesday evening, February 26, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Girdner Funeral Chapel in Yreka. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hornbrook Community Church in Hornbrook with burial to follow in the Henley Hornbrook Cemetery in Hornbrook. Memorial contributions may be made to Access Inc. (www.accesshelps.org), 3630 Aviation Way, Medford, OR 97504 or to the Black Mt. Volunteer Fire Auxiliary, 13623 Ager Rd., Hornbrook, CA 96044. Joe donated an acre of his own property for the purpose of putting in a fire station which is so needed in the Black Mountain community. He wanted that to be his legacy; unfortunately, he did not live long enough to see its completion.