Obituary: Clair F. "Lefty" Bottorff
March 15, 2012
Longtime Tahoe resident, Clair F. “Lefty” Bottorff, died February 13, 2012, in Truckee, California. He succumbed to a failing heart; he was 89 years old.Lefty was born December 12, 1922, in Newcastle, Nebraska, son of William Harvey Bottorff and Stella May Bridgeford. He attended high school in Ponca, Nebraska. While in school he adopted the nickname, “Lefty” due to his left-handedness. It was a strong name that suited the rough and tumble young man he was. After graduation he joined the United States Navy and honorably served his country as a boatswain mate in both World War II and the Korean War.While docked in San Francisco, he met his wife of 68 years, Elaine E. Scanlan. He and Elaine settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where they raised their two beautiful daughters, Diana and JoAnne. Many weekends were spent camping and water skiing with family and friends.Lefty worked for more than 40 years as a Constructional Iron & Steel worker helping to build bridges and landmark buildings throughout the S.F. Bay Area. He remained a member of the Ironworkers Union-Local 378 for over 60 years.Lefty and Elaine had a special fondness for Lake Tahoe. In 1968, they realized their dream and purchased a “piece of paradise” in Agate Bay. They have been full-time residents for almost 30 years.Lefty was a skilled handyman, spending most of his retirement days tinkering in his garage, lending a hand or sharing advise with neighbors, family and friends. He and Elaine enjoyed bowling and were members of the local Over 50’s Club where he also served as president. He loved summer barbecues, playing horseshoes, his canine and feline companions and all things chocolate. He was proud of his service in the Navy, his career as an ironworker but most of all, his childrenHe is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughters Diana Borman of Patterson, California, and JoAnne Stumpf of Truckee, California; his five grandchildren, one great-grandson and their respective families. He is also survived by his sister, Lorene Phyllis Hull, of Urbana, Illinois. A private memorial service will be held for family later this month in Pismo Beach, California, where Lefty and Elaine enjoyed vacationing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his honor be made to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe HSTT), http://www.hstt.org.