David C. Bothell (1943 - 2020)



The class has learned of the death of our classmate David Bothell. The class received the following obituary.


David C. Bothell December 20, 1943 October 6, 2020


"David passed away October 6, 2020 in Tacoma, WA with his family by his side. David is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sheryl, his son Derek, daughter Shelley, and 5 grandkids: Caleb, Olivia, VJ, Noelle and Natalie. And of course, 3 Grand-dogs: Toby, Georgie, and Cava. Preceding him was his Father Robert Bothell, mother, Evelyn, and brother John. David was one of a kind and a true gentleman. He was an impeccable man of character and a great provider to everyone, his family, friends, and clients. He was generous, kind, intelligent, family oriented, and had the best sense of humor. His intelligence and athleticism got him a scholarship to Princeton University for football. In 1969, he began his career as a Stockbroker that spanned 47 years. David remained active his entire life, loving to workout, kayak, bike and walk. But most of all, David loved to run. He completed several half and full marathons over the years including the New York City Marathon and the Seattle Marathon. When David was not working or working out, he was taking care of his yard. He was known for his impeccable lawn and yard. David was a descendant of relatives who founded the city of Bothell. Born and raised in the Seattle area David was an avid Husky Football fan. Saturdays in the fall were for family and Husky Football. Over the years he attended several Rose Bowls and one Orange Bowl. At his request, there will not be a memorial service. Rather there will be a family-only celebration of life on Bainbridge Island which was his home for the last 40 years. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Alzheimer's Association in his name."


Click here for a shorter online obituary.


At Princeton, David was in Cannon Club and majored in psychology.


The class expresses its condolences to David's wife Sheryl and his family. Please send the webmaster any memories or information you wish to share.

Classmate Memories and Tributes


John Scully. So sad. Dave was a wonderful roommate and a consummate gentleman. It was a joy to be with him. He got along with everyone, and I never recall a difficult moment. So sad that he has moved on!


Krist Jake. Yes Dave was a very nice guy and roommate. Several years ago I visited him & his wife on Bainbridge Island. He was so happy to be home on the waterfront in the Pacific Northwest.


Bill Young. Sad news about Dave. He was a really nice guy as many have noted. Special and fun memories.


Lloyd Bentsen. John’s tribute is so appropriate and fitting. It was a wonderful year as sophomores and roommates (Dave, John, Jon Dawson, Walt Bliss, Charlie and me). Fun times, wonderful friends and great memories. Dave added energy and enthusiasm to everything we did.




The top photo is from the Freshman Herald.


The first photo is labelled "Bud Osborne, Turk Thacher, Dave Bothell, Bill Young. Photo by Krist Jake developed May, 1964". The last two are from David's Bellevue HS (Bellevue, WA) yearbook.