Kaye John Botham
Kaye John Botham
  • April 1, 1932 - October 9, 2017
  • Gilbert, Arizona

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Kaye John Botham (affectionately known by family and friends as K.J.), 85, passed away on October 9, 2017, in Mesa, Arizona. A memorial service will be held at Desert Cross Lutheran Church on October 30, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the Fellowship Hall, where a luncheon will be served.

Born to Kenneth and Hazel Botham on April 1, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was an only child and resided in St. Louis Park, Minnesota for most of his childhood. Kaye received a football scholarship to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and majored in business.

On November 1, 1952, Kaye married Ruth Gladys Senn; that same year he began working for American-Chicle as a salesman. His profession moved his family around the United States many times: Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Jersey; back to Minnesota and finally; back to New Jersey. He retired as Director of National Sales in 1987 from Warner-Lambert. Kaye and Ruth made Arizona their permanent home in 1988.

Kaye is survived by Ruth and their children: Michelle (Micky) Priester, Brian and wife Lydia, Melissa (Lisa) and husband David Westling, and Jon and wife Beata; eight grandchildren: Danielle Priester, Justin Botham and wife Megan, Lauren Westling and husband Daniel Cullen, John Priester and wife Christine, Kayli-Jo Westling, James Botham, Adar Westling, and Andrew Botham; and by his great-granddaughter Anna Priester.

Kaye would want his family and friends to celebrate his life. Please join the family immediately following the service to enjoy luncheon and remember all of happy times Kaye shared with those he loved.

Monday - October 30, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Desert Cross Lutheran Church
8600 South McClintock Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85284

Monday - October 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall at
Desert Cross Lutheran Church

Monday - October 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Cemetery
10940 East Chandler Heights Road
Chandler, Arizona 85248

Arrangements under the direction of Melcher Mortuary Mission Chapel & Crematory, Mesa, AZ.