Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Richard Winn Cotton “Cotton” Memorial
Richard Winn Cotton “Cotton” Memorial

Richard Winn Cotton “Cotton”

Richard Winn Cotton “Cotton”

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Richard Winn Cotton “Cotton” of Clear Lake, Washington passed away June 4, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, WA in the presence of dear friends and family.
Rick was born September 20, 1958 in Escondido, California to Jessie Maria Franco and Robert William Cotton.
As a young man, Rick loved to be outdoors fishing and hiking. In high school, Rick lettered in wrestling and football. He attended Ramona High School in California in 1977, where he graduated and was homecoming King.
After high school, Rick attended community college where he studied to be a park ranger.
As an adult, he spent time fishing in Alaska and eventually settled in Clear Lake in 1986.
Rick was a proud member of the community. He loved playing horse shoes, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. He never missed the opportunity to shuck an oyster or sit by a fire. He followed no one, punched his own clock, and made his own rules. Rick was a true free spirit.
He is survived by his siblings, MaryAnn Craig, John Cotton, Jessie Hill, Ora Cotton, and his twin sister Ruby Taylor; nieces, Shawna Berry, Sabrina Hoover, Maleina Hill, DeAnna Hill, Wendie Kelly, Victoria Crystal, Jessica Mantico, Angelina Del Nagro (Pooh), Ami George and Amanda Cook; nephews, Joshua Burnett, Adrian Elliott and Johnathan Burnett, as well as his son Levi and several great-nieces and nephews.
Please join us for a celebration of Rick’s life at Evelyn’s Tavern in Clear Lake, WA June 25, 2016 at 4:00pm. Come share a story, and play a game of shoes in his honor. If you would like to put in towards Cotton’s “Final Tab”, donations are accepted at Heritage Bank in the name of Rick Cotton.


  • Kristine Grundei Norton

    Cotton dated my mom Alvina for several years, he was family to me & my 3 kids. He gave my youngest son the nickname “Haas”, because he was this chunky little baby. I have SO many memories of him, too many to share here. He definitely did punch his own clock though, I love that term. This world is a little less bright with him gone, but we all have one Hell of a guardian angel though now.

  • Walter Bullard

    Cotton, you will always be my brother. Miss working with you back at Krieg’s in Oak Harbor, and playing football back in Ramona, and trying to stay out of trouble, when we were kids. RIP…