John Oliver Cotton was born December 28, 1931 in Watertown to Everett and Eugenia (Elliot) Cotton. He moved to Mitchell in 1937 and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1949. In 1950 he joined the United States Naval Reserve and was called into duty during the Korean War. In 1953 he moved to Minneapolis, MN and attended the University of Minnesota completing a double major receiving Bachelor of Science and Art and Bachelor of Architecture with distinction. John went on to graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a Masters Degree in Architecture and became a Rhodes Scholar. In 1954 he met Shirley Brown and were married in 1955. He was a successful architect in Los Angeles, where he worked and had his current firm, John Cotton Architects, Inc. John loved golf, tennis, swimming and traveling and most recently took a cruise to Alaska. He always enjoyed coming back to the Midwest and spending time with his nieces, nephews, family and friends.
John is survived by his daughter, Victoria Cotton, Culver City, CA and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Channing Cotton, one sister, Cheryle Schmitt and two nieces.