Carolyn Ann Essman Ott

Carolyn Ann Essman Ott

April 19, 1944 - June 21, 2017 

Carolyn Ann (Essman) Ott, 73, went home to be with the Lord June 21, 2017 after a very long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon April 19, 1944, the only child of Charlie F. Essman and Louella F. Essman.    

The family lived in Tulelake, California where she spent her early life until going to college. Carolyn went to Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Ore. where she earned her bachelor degree in Education in 1965.     

Her first year of teaching was at the elementary school in Yreka, Calif. She taught at Tulelake Elementary School until 1969 when she returned to Southern Oregon College where she earned her master 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 November 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 until 1984, when they transferred to Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif. for his final tour of duty.   

They moved into their new house in 1986, and have lived in Ridgecrest, Calif. since. Carolyn was always active in her church and taught school wherever they lived, always checking for substitute teaching work. In Ridgecrest, she substituted for Sierra Sands School District and also taught summer programs at the elementary school in Trona, Calif.

Carolyn also found work doing various projects at the Naval Weapons Center Training Center. Because she had a master degree, Jerry convinced her to apply at Cerro Coso Community College. Due to her elementary school background she was immediately hired to work in the Basic Skills Department. 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; aunts, Shirley (Gene) Rosecrans, Donna (Arthur) Bunch, and 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 July 14, 2017 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the chapel at Klamath Memorial Park in Klamath Falls. Graveside services will be held at Klamath Memorial Park in Klamath Falls, Oregon July 15 at 10 a.m., 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 Oregon 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.

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