|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1936|
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 2009|
Donald Eugene (Gene) Mott, 73 of Hilliard passed away December 13, 2009 in Shands Jacksonville.
Gene was born June 30, 1936 in Graingeville, Idaho to Earl and Rose Marie Ayers Mott.
He grew up in the Idaho mountains, where he, his older brothers and his dad, worked delivering Mail by an old International Truck in the summer and horseback later in the year. In Winter, they delivered by horse and sleigh. When the snow got too deep for the horses, they fitted them in snow shoes. Pictures of the horses wearing snow shoes, designed by his family are still viewable in museums in the Dakotas. Gene's passion for horses continued as he worked as a packer taking supplies by mule up the mountains to people in the Salmon River area. He helped start ranches, braking horses and riding bronx. He took men hunting and served as a guide and cook. He served his country in the United States Army. He learned to operate heavy equipment, welding and later drove big trucks. His failing health brought him to Florida, which afforded the opportunity to be closer to his grandchildren and family. He was a very proud man who loved his family and friends. He lived a very colorful life and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Survivors include: wife: Anna Krista Mott of Hilliard; 4 sons: Terrell(Mandy) Simmons of Hilliard; Christopher(Suzie) Meeks of Callahan; Bryan Simmons of Callahan;Donald Mott, Jr. of Idaho; 2 daughters: Kelly Mott of Oklahoma; Roberta Mott of Oklahoma; 2 brothers: Robert (Beverly) Mott of Canada; Richard (Maria) Mott of Texas; 1 sister: Nancy Eschenbacher Mott of Montana; 6 grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents: Earl and Rose Marie; a son: Raymond Simmons; Baby girl Mott; a brother: Billy Earl Mott; and a sister: Rosa Marie Wickstrom.
The family will receive friends Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM with Branch President Danny Mallard officiating.
Burial will follow at 2:00 PM in Jacksonville National Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest register at www.shepardfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home, Folkston, Georgia.
Jacksonville National Cemetery
Created by: Jerry Van Herrin
Record added: Sep 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76458066
Jerry Van Herrin
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