Richard Nicholas Kotoff
Richard Nicholas Kotoff Rich was born on April 9, 1946 to first generation Russian parents in San Francisco. His family relocated to Marin County in 1958 after building a home in the Sun Valley of San Rafael. Rich entered Davidson Jr. High School and made his lifelong friends there. He completed San Rafael High School where he was a formidable track and field athlete. After completing his business degree at San Jose State University, he entered the family business, Marin Lock and Safe Service, which he operated very successfully for many years. His expertise in locksmith and safe work was well-respected from many long-time clients and colleagues and he was so pleased knowing his business continued to thrive under its new owners. Those who have known Rich for many years recount the many sports and hobbies he had and how he excelled in each. He launched many "world class" fishing trips on his beloved boat Fishhawk out in the waters off the SF Bay. He was also an avid bird hunter and found his niche in Eagle Lake Ranch in Othello, WA where he made numerous trips and soon became known for his reputation of being quite the marksman. Wild horses could not keep him away from there even after he became ill. In the past 10 years he also began to fly fish with his great friends in the lakes of British Columbia. He also loved his annual trips in the summer with his buddies to fish the deep waters of Alaska. Rich was known for so many things beyond his love of the outdoors. He worked tirelessly in the Santa Cop organization which provides gifts and resources to low-income children and their families in San Rafael. He was an incredibly generous man. He loved cooking and he made it an art. He had such culinary skills and in the past few years added biscotti, ravioli, and his latest accomplishment was making sausages after taking classes, reading several books on charcuterie and buying his own commercial machine. His vegetable garden was abundant and diverse and he loved to share his harvests. He enjoyed having friends and family to his home for large dinner parties and always prepared the most-delicious meals. His strength, determination and love was shown in so many ways. All who encountered him soon came to that conclusion. He married Jeannie in September 2009. He recounted that she was the love of his life, as they shared a friendship since the 70's and had been together since 1998. Jeannie's daughters and their husbands loved Rich dearly and spent much time in his company. They are Briana and Steve Martin and their daughters Lauren (10) and Allison (9) who reside in Sammamish, WA and Sara and Simon Marin reside in San Rafael with their 8 month old twins, Diego and Ulli. The joy each of these grandchildren gave Grandpa Rich was so special. A memorial is planned for May 16 at 11:00 AM at the Deer Park Villa in Fairfax at 367 Bolinas Rd. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Hospice by the Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939. Also, knowing Rich's passion for fishing, a scholarship fund has been established to send one lucky youth per year to a fly fishing camp to learn the art he loved so much. The camp is located in Redding CA. Donations can be made via checks made out to The Fly Shop, memo "Memorial for Richard Kotoff and send to: The Fly Shop, Inc., 4140 Churn Creek Road Redding, CA 96002. Rich finally found his peace after a heroic, yet uphill battle against throat cancer. He passed away in the home he loved so much, Casa Contenta, on May 2 surrounded by his family. Rich will be so missed, but long-remembered for so much. He was truly a renaissance man and a legacy!
Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 13, 2012
Cemetery: Not mentioned
Parents: Nicholas Nicholas Kotoff (1915-1975) and Nell Jack Sanoff (1917-2008)