David Charles Ott

16 November, 195016 October, 2021

David Charles Ott was born on November 16, 1950. He passed away on October 16, 2021.

He was born in El Paso Texas to Wilbert and Imma Ott. Being born in a military family he moved around a lot until the age of 10 when his family moved to Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in 1969 and then received his degree in Liberal Arts from Western Washington University. His career pathway took him in many directions. The last 2 decades he spent as a DJ and involved in dance activities.

He is survived by his 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 sister. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He will be missed by his family of friends in Oregon.

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Michael Terry

16 November 2021

Dave had a gift with his work (love) of DJ. Many lives were profoundly touched by this man. Always there with a hand shake and a smile.
Knowing him before the PSDC was the PSDC. Joining in back when the PSDC had its “Club Night Out” as well as our small “Evening Out” gatherings. Dancing to his music way back at Flirts. Joining in at his Orphan dinners and dances. Dave was involved so deeply. Like he was everywhere. Always finding time.
He read the floor, even with, “I'll count you in” and when it didn't work, stopping everyone to get it started “on the correct foot”! :-). Hearing him call my name when he saw me. Always there with a good word and greeting, be it at Flirts, Bushwhackers, Dance with Joy, Portland Dance Festival or anywhere.
Won't be the same!
I knew Dave as a friend and a confidant from day one. That's just the way it was!
My heart and love goes out to all.
If there's a Golden DJ Booth he'll be there for us.

Stephen Boone

6 November 2021

Dave was a great DJ and friend. We remember dancing on many occasions to his music at Bushwhacker's and The Portland Dance Festival. He had the ability to read the crowd and play the right music at the right time. We enjoyed chatting with him before and after sets, he was always open and friendly.

We miss you Dave,
Loves Rhonda and Steve Boone

Sherry B.

4 November 2021

Dave was actually how I got started in WCS, hustle, and country dancing. He was the DJ at Bushwackers and announced the Portland Dance Festival in 2002 when Heidi & I went out to celebrate her birthday. We joined a couple of CCM friends on location the next night to see what PDF was all about, and the rest, as they say, is history. RIP, Dave. 🙏 Your dedication to the Portland dance community never went unnoticed. Curtis and I enjoyed dancing in the main ballroom year after year at PDF as well as many other venues while you were DJing. You were our favorite. 💜 In fact, you were the DJ at the last dance we went to before COVID hit - New Years Eve in Tigard. So glad we had that opportunity to visit and catch up. 🙂

Denise Watkins

30 October 2021

It was a pleasure to know and enjoy Dave and his music. He will be missed. I know that he believed and had faith in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and will therefore live an eternal life in heaven. I look forward to seeing him again there.
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and who ever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
John 11: 25-26

Wendy L Mednick

27 October 2021

I think I met Dave shortly after I came to Portland in 1995. I knew him as a friend, dance partner and enjoyed venues when he was a DJ. In recent years before Covid I often ran into him at Bushwhackers. He even sent me music I could play at my parties. I will miss him very much. May his memory be a blessing to his family and friends.

Ann Marie Hathaway

27 October 2021

I met David in 2001 where he was a DJ at a ballroom in Portland. David was always there with a smile a sparkling eyesAlways a gentleman on the dance floor. He loved his family and his work and was the most dedicated DJ around and was easily recognized by his crazy Aloha shirts. I will miss seeing him at dances, he always made me smile.

Rachel Lidskog-Lim

27 October 2021

Dave Ott was one of the kindest and most loving people I have ever known. Humble, generous, caring deeply for others, a true and loyal friend. I remember so fondly his Christmas Eve Orphan Dances at Dance with Joy and Thanksgiving Dances that he ran so that people would not feel lonely at the Holidays. His presence will be greatly missed by many. My deepest condolences and prayers for Dave's family and friends. The picture I am sharing is how I remember him happiest,, behind the DJ booth, making happy music for the community he loved and who loved him! "Special Requests" always encouraged. God Bless Ever. RIP

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