Howard Wayne Ottman, 74, passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 in Sun City West, Ariz. following complications from a bicycle accident and cardiac arrest.
He was born to Herbert and Ardith Ottman on April 1, 1945 in Red Wing, Minn. Howard grew up with four brothers and sisters in Beldenville, Wis. until 1958, then the family moved to Oregon. He graduated from Scappoose High School in 1963 as class president.
He attended Pacific University in Forest Grove where he received a Bachelors Degree in Education, and played four college sports.
Howard then began a teaching and coaching career in Lakeview coaching football, basketball, wrestling, skiing, and track. He continued his education at the University of Oregon, earning a Masters Degree in Physical Education, and a Masters Degree in Administration. He served in vice principal, principal, and superintendent roles in Bandon, Mapleton, and Culver schools, ending his career as superintendent of the Lakeview schools.
During his teaching, coaching, and administrative career, Howard was a passionate advocate that his students, teams, and community be the best they could be. He was instrumental in building extensive recreational facilities in Lakeview as well as sustainable educational budgeting and funding. Many students and colleagues over the years recognized his contributions and the impacts in their lives, and a memorable experience.
He was also an earnest and enthusiastic participant in several fraternal organizations and their community work, including the Lions Club, Masons, Shriners, and Order of the Antelope. He was honored with titles such as “Senior First Citizen”, “Lion of the Year”, “President”, and “Chief Whitetail”.
Across all his endeavors, Howard spent countless hours on many projects, working tirelessly until the job was completed.
Post-retirement, Howard cared for his parents at the Wisconsin family farm until they passed, then spent several more years there. After the farm was sold in 2013, he and wife Diana spent winters in Sun City West, Ariz., and summers in Washougal, Wash.
Howard was active in his church, including choir, continuing a family tradition of singing.
Howard was preceded in death by: father, Herbert Ottman; mother, Ardith Ottman; two infant siblings; sister, Ruth Boen; and granddaughter, Chloe Ottman.
He is survived by: his wife, Diana Ottman of Sun City West, Ariz.; son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Dace Ottman of Waterbury, Conn.; daughter and son-in-law, Kristin and Billy Privetts of Kingman, Ariz.; brother, Mike Ottman of Oroville, Wash.; sisters, Karen Barben of Salt Lake City, Utah and Pat Weber of Sun City West, Ariz.; grandchildren, Zackary Ottman, Boyce Privetts, and Kimber Privetts; great-granddaughter, Ava Ottman; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday June 5, 2020, at the Presbyterian Church, 619 S. 1st St., Lakeview.
A memorial service with potluck will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Warehouse Church, 850 6th St., Washougal, Wash. 98671.
There will also be a memorial to bury ashes on Aug. 8, 2020 at the Cemetery on County Road J in Beldenville, Wis.
Contributions in Howard's memory (in lieu of flowers) are suggested to programs helping needy students of Lake County: The Shirley Stewart Fund purchases musical instruments to be used by students who cannot afford their own. The Jay Lamb Fund assists students with cost of athletic fees and shoes. Contributions can be sent to Lakeview High School, 906 S. 3rd St., Lakeview, OR 97630.