This is the story and life of a true gentleman…kind, caring, and faithful… a man of few words- Delman Creed Botts, born May 15, 1952, to Delmer Brock Botts and Gloria Isobelle Jesson in Paradise, Calif. In Paradise, his father was a sawyer, and his mother was a homemaker. When Creed was about 12, the family moved to Cottonwood, Calif., where he graduated from high school. While in Cottonwood, Creed worked with a butcher and eventually became a journeyman butcher.
In the early ‘70s he moved to Reno, Nev., where he worked for a meat wholesaler. It was there, that he met Donald Baldwin, a grocer who was opening a wholesale meat company and he asked Creed to come and work for him. He soon became best friends with Don’s son, Monty Baldwin who introduced his little sister, Berva Baldwin, to Creed.
Creed married the love of his life, Berva in 1977 and a few years later they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Sally Jean Botts Drescher. The family moved to Phoenix
in 1980 so that Creed could pursue a career training race horses owned by his father-in-law Don Baldwin. In 1982 they welcomed their son, Donald Brock Botts and also bought a ranch in Wickenburg, and moved there soon after. Creed raced horses all over the United States and became lead trainer at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.
Creed and Berva opened Double D Western World, Arizona’s largest tack and feed store in 1987. The couple successfully ran the store for more than 30 years until selling it in July of 2018.
An avid roper from the start, he won his first buckle at the age of 5, with his dad as his partner. He never lost his love for roping and racehorses or living the true western way that he was raised. This is one of the reasons why Creed loved Wickenburg so much. He recently expressed that he loved the people of Wickenburg who help to keep Wickenburg’s western heritage alive.
He loved his family fiercely and would drop everything to stop and help wherever he was needed. In fact, family or not, he would go out of his way to help anyone who needed it.
Creed had a special gift of making everyone feel like they were family. Creed will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife, Berva; daughter and son-in-law Sally and Scott Drescher; son Brock Botts; grandchildren, Evan, Luke, Lola, Margo, and Francis; sisters O’lene Kofoid, and Roxy Jo (Sam) Williams. Creed will also be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Aarrol Dean; and his grandson Duke Warren Drescher.
There will be a Rosary said on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held at Simpson’s Arena on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., followed by graveside services at Wickenburg Cemetery, with a Celebration of Life reception back at Simpson’s Arena.
Family suggests memorial contributions be made to Elks Lodge charities "Roper's Night Out" in care of Diane Crosthwaite.