Deemer A. Cotham, Sr. died July 20 in Crescent City.

He was born Sept. 2, 1920 to William and Vida (Miller) in Blackburn, Okla., and was a 26-year resident of Del Norte County.

He served with the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a past member of the Elks Lodge.

Before he retired, he worked for PGandamp;E for 25 years.

During his years as a retiree he enjoyed making furniture from myrtle wood.

He also loved to fish and hunt, and boasted that he had shot the third-largest black bear, according to Boone andamp; Crockett.

The Boone and Crockett Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt. The club publishes every six years an all-time records book containing official hunting scores and world records.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Cotham of Crescent City; his daughter, Nancy Scott of Bakersfield; his son, Deemer A. Cotham Jr. (Sandy), of Dillon, Mont.; his daughter, Sandy Stout (Wayne) of Anderson; his son, Linz Lee (Dottie) of Sacramento; his stepchildren, Pamela J. Owen of Gasquet and Lonnie M. Sexton of Crescent City.

His is also survived by 18 grandchildren and numerousgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years and mother of his children, Virginia Furlong, and his stepson, Donald B. Denham.

The family requests contributions be made tothe American Cancer Society, 1301 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City, CA, 95531, Alzheimer's Disease Research, 18525 Shady Grove Road, 140, Rockville, MD 20850-4022 or charity of one's choice.

No services will be held.

Arrangements were under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel.