John Joseph Botta Jr.

September 11, 1947May 1, 2021

A memorial service celebrating the life of John Joseph Botta, Jr (J.J.) 73 of Palm Coast will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:00 PM in Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road S. Flagler Beach. The family invites friends to visit with them on Wednesday from 2:00 PM until the time of services. Mr. Botta, a resident for the past five years coming from St. Augustine FL, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Advent Health, Palm Coast. He was born on September 11, 1947, a son of the late John Joseph and Irene Sacchi Botta, Sr. A retired college professor and author, Mr. Botta enjoyed golfing, writing, fly fishing, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed reading all books written by Ernest Hemingway and was an avid Boston Red Sox’s fan. Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Carol A. (Harrison) Botta, his four children, Meredith Niederriter and her husband John of St. Augustine, Jessica Botta of Indian Harbour Beach FL, Dorrie Botta of Palm Coast and Gregory Adam Botta of San Antonio TX, three grandchildren, Ashley, Madison and Jagger, his sister, Susan Perrone and her husband John. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.


  • Memorial Garthering-Wednesday

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021


John Joseph Botta Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

Philip Crossman

May 6, 2021

My name is Philip Crossman and I have been John's hiring coordinator for Criminal Justice courses at the Community College of Vermont for a number of years. On behalf of the college and the many many Vermont students that John has taught over the semesters, I just want to say "thank you." He will be dearly missed. To his family and friends in Florida, our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Ron Biron

May 5, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the Botta family. I remember John as a colleague with Franklin Pierce at the Concord Center and have very fond memories of him. A gentle, funny and brilliant person. He will be missed!

Tracy Mendham

May 5, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Professor Botta's passing. He touched many lives for the better. At Franklin Pierce, I was among the many faculty and students who benefited from the work he did developing our online courses and programs. His thoughtful, accessible, and conscientious approach shone through in all of his work and writing, as did his kind spirit. My sincerest condolences to Professor Botta's family and friends.

Jane and Vinny Galligan

May 4, 2021

Dear Carol, We are so sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything always remember I am just a phone call away. Love you!

Al and Helen Bourne

May 3, 2021

Carol and family
We are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Maria Altobello

May 3, 2021

I met John 20 years ago and the connection was immediate. We worked together in different capacities, many times in new projects. He was a Maverick. Over the years, we became good friends. I loved hearing his stories. He told them with such passion! Every time I needed him, he was there with a smile. I will miss him and his camaraderie. John, you left a lasting impression in so many students!

Rick & Eileen Jarvis

May 3, 2021

We are saddened to hear of the early passing of John. Our condolences to the Botta family. Since meeting almost 15 years ago, John intrigued us with his stories of adventure with Carol and the family, sometimes together sometimes just with one child. To simplify it , John LIVED life, we will miss him, but are glad to have known him!