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Jamieson G. Shotts, formerly of Benton

Jamieson G. Shotts passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami, Florida, surrounded in love by his beloved daughter and nephews.

Jamie was born on June 15, 1942 in Julesburg, Colorado to James and Ida Shotts. In Julesburg, he worked with his father at the local Conoco station and graduated from Julesburg High School in 1960 and cherished his classmates. After high school, Jamie earned a BS in Chemistry with minors in Physics and Mathematics from Northwestern Oklahoma University. To further his education, he earned a master’s degree in radiation protection from the University of Oklahoma. Jamie met his love, Lynn, in Norman, Okla., and later married in 1969 in his hometown of Benton.

Jamie began working for Southern Illinois University for several years before moving to Columbia, Missouri, where he began his 26-year career in radiation protection at the University of Missouri. Jamie lived in the country where her son Allan and daughter Julie were born. He enjoyed his days working and then going out to his barn to make noise, take care of his little farm animals, garden, be outdoors, help neighbors and tinker with gadgets of all kinds. A capable and loyal man, full of knowledge, Jamie made many close friends whom he cherished throughout his studies, career and retirement.

For many years, his summer highlights were hunting and fly fishing trips in the Rockies with his father, brother, son and nephews. Later, he adapted to family trips to the Indy 500 and absorbed a lot of St. Louis Blues hockey. Jamie liked to have a good road trip, he listened to music and drove hundreds of miles without hesitation, a family trait.

After his retirement, he played a crucial role and contributed to the development, management and upkeep of the Benton Farmer’s Market for almost 20 years. He was an SIU basketball fan and traveled with his team. Fair tractor raffles and races, cruise parties, auto shows, and attending his Class of 1960 reunions kept Jamie on the road. Jamie has faithfully supported his community and hometown in many ways, providing much needed knowledge, support and a variety of donations to many programs in Julesburg, Colorado, Benton and across the United States. Jamie was a noble, small-town man with a simple goal of doing for others and leaving things better than they found them.

Some time ago, Jamie moved to Key West to fulfill his and Lynn’s dream of a final ocean view, including the ultimate stargazing.

He was predeceased by his parents, James and Ida Shotts; wife Lynn; and Brother John.

Survivors include son Allan (Kelly) Shotts; his daughter Julie Shotts; nephews Barry (Bridget) Shotts and Rick (Wendy) Shotts; grandchildren Allyanah, Kolt, Remilynn and Storm; grand-niece Lauren Shotts; and great-nephew Thomas Shotts.

The celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Jamie’s honor to the Fort Sedgewick County Colorado Historical Society, Boone County Missouri 4-H Club, Benton Fire Department or Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.