It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a truly wonderful man, Dr. Jay Cordell Bott, who passed away suddenly in his sleep on Saturday, February 19, 2022.
Cordell was born on October 31, 1947, to Leroy J. Bott Jr. and Blanche Toombs Bott in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the eldest of four children. He graduated as valedictorian from Highland High School and was also a Sterling Scholar. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South German Mission. Upon his return, Cordell married his high school sweetheart, Janet Matthews, on June 14, 1970, in the Salt Lake Temple. They raised their four children while she put him through school, and he graduated from the University of Utah Medical School, with honors. He specialized in hematology/oncology. He served in the Naval Reserve where he rose to the rank of Major and practiced at Naval Hospitals Balboa and Camp Pendleton in the San Diego area. The family moved and he started the first Hem/Onc program in Utah County and served as president of Utah Valley Hospital (UVH) in Provo, Utah. While busy, Cordell and Jani worked side by side with their children to build a cabin and founded the Oxbow Ranch in Hanna, Utah. Cordell and Jani later divorced. He married Julie Christiansen at Manti Temple on September 11, 1992. Julie brought her three children to the family and he loved them as his own. Together they worked to form a happy family.
Cordell was an early member of the Central Utah Clinic (now Revere) where he served on the board for over twenty years. He also held the position of medical director. He served as president of the Utah Valley Medical Association as well as the Society of Utah Medical Oncologists (SUMO). He was instrumental in obtaining NAPBC accreditation for the Breast Cancer Centers of Excellence at UVH and American Fork Hospital and was a Principal Investigator for numerous oncology trials. Cordell has literally saved thousands of lives throughout his practice and extended the lives of many more. A friend and support to all of his patients, colleagues and employees, his work ethic was second to none. His dedication as a physician was inspiring and his personal sacrifice lives on through his patients and those who knew him.
Cordell loved the outdoors and spent much of his childhood at his family cabin on the Weber River. His father taught him to hunt and shoot. He was an excellent sniper. He also learned to fish, ride horses and snowmobile. He, in turn, taught these skills to his children, grandchildren and many others along with his love for the beauty of the outdoors. He also taught the value of a hard day’s work. He was a father figure to many. Always adventurous, he took his family and friends hunting, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking and exploring. When he was away from Julie, he was happiest leading his children, grandchildren, nephews and friends on horseback fishing trips in the Wind Rivers. He loved his horses almost as much as his children. He believed that time was better spent on a horse. The Oxbow Ranch has become one of the largest Quarter Horse breeding programs in the United States.
Cordell loved the fine arts and music. He played piano and cornet when he was young. He became an extraordinary pianist. Cordell also composed his own music. He enjoyed playing the organ and served as a church organist and in many other capacities, most recently serving as the elders quorum presidency. Cordell and Julie loved to travel; they have visited more than 80 countries around the world. They made new friends everywhere they went. Cordell was fluent in many languages, including German and Spanish. He spent his evenings studying astronomy and gazing at the stars. Cordell and Julie loved spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cordell is predeceased by the love of his life, Julie Johnson Bott, his stepson, Michael Johnson, his brother, Douglas Bott, and his niece, Ashley Holt. He is survived by his four children Jason (Krista), Jeffrey (Amie), Janelle Bott Fenn and Jeremy (Aubrey), his stepdaughters, Jennifer Tittensor (Zach) and Rebecca Johnson, and his sisters Dianne Bott Adler (Thomas ), and Carole Bott Tudor. He leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren who will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the church building located at 114 South 400 West, Orem, Utah. Friends can call the Berg Mortuary in Provo, 185 East Center Street, Friday, March 4, 6-9 p.m., and the church Saturday, 9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. before services. Interment will be in Provo City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to a cancer charity of your choice, such as the American Cancer Society or the National Breast Cancer Foundation. To view the funeral live online, please use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/95419429771
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Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.bergmortuary.com.
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