Originally Published: October 29, 2007 11:02 a.m.
Dr. Kenneth L. Cotts, longtime Glendale resident, was honored in September celebrating his 100th birthday. A party, co-hosted by his children and their spouses, Paul and Pat Cotts of Glendale and Sandra Cotts Sherwin and husband, RS of Flagstaff, was attended by 65 family members and friends.
Dr. Cotts, Doc to his friends, came to Arizona in 1928 from his birthplace, Madison, Kan., two days before his 21st birthday. He married Sally E. Gunn on June 14, 1930, at the Phoenix Christian Church. They were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary the next week when he lost the love of his life in 1990.
In the late '40s they bought property in the Prescott area and later were among the first group of square dancers on the square downtown on Saturday nights. Both Doc and Sally were "callers," Sally's specialty was Red River Valley and Doc pattern called.
Doc retired to Groom Creek, south of Prescott, in 1977, at 70 and now lives in Mayer. He has spent a lot of his time the last few years traveling around the world, riding an exercise bike and going to the movies.
Doc's lineage includes two children, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, eight great-greatgrandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.