Breckenridge Texan

Jimmy Dean Otts

Jimmy Dean Otts
March 08
05:03 2020

Jimmy Dean Otts, 77, went to be with his Heavenly Father on March 6, 2020, in Breckenridge, Texas. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 1 p.m. in the Stoker Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.

Jim was born March 31, 1942 near Elliasville, Texas, where he spent his early childhood and teen years. In his early 20s, he served in the United States Army both domestically as a Drill Sergeant and overseas in Korea. After exiting the Army, Jim relocated to Newcastle, Texas, where he worked as an electrical lineman. During this time he sustained electrical burns from a near fatal accident. After spending 6 months of recovery in ICU, he gained a knowledge and passion for Freemasonry where he soon becomes a Master Mason through Lodge No. 1057 out of Newcastle, Texas. In the early 1980s, Jim relocated to Tuscon, Arizona, where he owned several businesses. During this time he became a member of The Western Shrine Clown Association through the Sabbar Temple, where he took on the name of “Hobo Jim.” He truly loved his time spent supporting Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children through various volunteer opportunities, one of which was his favorite the Shriners Circus.

On December 16, 1989, Jim married his best friend and love of his life, Judy Lynn, and gained two daughters, Shawnee and Shawna. In May of 1991, Jim, Judy and the girls moved to Crystal Falls, Texas, where he spent the remainder of his years, enjoying life on the Clear Fork River.

Jim leaves behind his two daughters, Shawnee Tischler and husband Kyle Tischler of Albany, Texas, and Shawna Reatherford and husband Chris Reatherford of Merkel, Texas; eight grandchildren: Tyler Miller, Morgan Reatherford, Krysten Morris, Colton Reatherford, B.J. Morris, Jaci Baccus, Kelcey Tischler and Forrest Tischler; along with numerous cousins and dear friends.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital for the sincere and professional hospitality that was provided to our family and for going above and beyond during our time of need.

2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which The Lord, the righteous judge will award to me on that day and not only me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.

Memorial can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children and can be left at the Melton Kitchens Funeral Home office. Condolences can be made at

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