JAMES D. WOTRING James D. Wotring passed away September 14, 2019 in his home with his wife, Kathleen and daughter, Rona at his side. Jim was born November 28, 1939 in Fairfield, CT to Gaylord and Irene (Palmer) Wotring. He went to Cornell College in Iowa, majored in Film/Theatre, graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity. Jim attended the University of California and earned a MA in Theatre Arts. Upon graduation he married Linda (Curtis) and they had two children, Rona Kathleen and Randall Curtis. His award winning commercial film career began with his own company in Detroit (Ultramedia) and he then opened Wotring Productions in Chicago in 1975. During his career he earned over 600 awards including being named one of the top 4 Commercial Directors in the US by Screen Magazine. In 1987 Jim married Kathleen (Ward) and they enjoyed traveling the country by motorcycle and designing/building their dream home in Bull Valley, IL. Jim and Kathy took an early retirement to move to Boulder City in 1993 to care for Kathy's mother. During this time they discovered their passion for exotic parrots which lead to them building an aviary in their home, offering free grooming services and occasionally babysitting birds for vacationing friends. Besides Jim's amazing career, he will be remembered as an extremely intelligent and eccentric "Harley-Davidson" man who was passionate about reading and loved artistic expression through art, music, leather work, cooking, woodworking, embroidery, crocheting and poetry. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Randall Wotring and his brothers, Robert and Richard Wotring. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Ward); his daughter, Rona Sinnamond (Brian); his brother, Eddie Wotring; and his grandsons, Daniel and Noah Rosser. Jim donated his body to science in support of his passion for education and his cremated remains were scattered privately by the family.
Published in Boulder City Review on Feb. 6, 2020.