A Celebration of Life Saturday, December 18th   


Ron loved boating on Big Bear Lake  

We’ll miss Ron so very much…    

Ron Cotta passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021, while a patient at Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, CA. Ron is survived by his wife and longtime companion, Patti and son Johnny Cotta. Ron leaves a sister, Joanne Scott of Redding, CA and a brother, Jim Flannagan of Temecula. 

Ronald Anthony Cotta was born January 11, 1944 to Tony and Mary Sousa Cotta in Visalia, California. Ron’s school days and growing up years were in Torrance, CA.

Ron and Patti married in Palos Verdes, California forty-seven years ago. They resided in Redondo South Bay until they relocated in Big Bear Lake thirty-plus years ago. Many acquaintances and long friendships have been made at the family-owned Johnny’s Ski & Board House, located in west Big Bear Lake.  

In 1967 Ronald Anthony Cotta enlisted and served in the U.S. Army and later the Army National Guards.  The Cotta Family are supportive of Veterans programs and events. 

Ron Cotta became a member of the Redondo Beach ELKS. In 2011 Ron was initiated into the Big Bear Lake ELKS; serving as Exalted Ruler during years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Just recently, he was voted in as the 3-Year Trustee, as well as, appointed as ELKS Membership Chairman.

Also, Ron was a member of other service organizations such as the Redondo Beach Yacht Club as Commodore, the American Legion - Redondo Beach, and as Administrator of the Redondo Beach Moose Lodge and currently active in the Fawnskin, California Moose Lodge.    

Friends are welcome to join with the family at a Celebration of Life for Ronald Anthony Cotta to be at the Big Bear Lake ELKS Lodge, located at west end of Village Drive, Saturday, December 18th at 5:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the ELKS - Purple Pig.