Eldon Ray Kothmann was born in Fredericksburg, Texas, on September 29, 1944, to Silas E. and Clara Woerner Kothmann. Eldon grew up on the Adolph D. Kothmann Sr. ranch on Beaver Creek in Mason County, Texas. As a young boy, he was involved in all the chores of everyday ranch life of that period of time. His jobs included milking the milk cows in the morning before school. After school chores included filling the wood box in the kitchen, gathering eggs from the hen house, and feeding various farm animals. Weekend jobs included butchering chickens, hogs, and deer. Sausage making was always a seasonal affair as well as gathering crops such as milo, corn, molasses cane, watermelons, and of course hauling hay. Television was not in the home until the 60’s so the children created games for entertainment. Eldon started first grade in the old grammar school, which is now the Mason County Historical Building. His second grade was in the brand new elementary built in 1950 and still in use today. Eldon graduated from Mason High School in 1963 having participated in FFA, student council, basketball, track, and football, which earned him an athletic scholarship to Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University). Upon graduation from Texas Tech in 1967, Eldon began a 33 year teaching career, beginning in San Antonio and ending up with 30 years in the Mason Schools. He spent 28 years as a shop teacher in Mason, and many of his class projects are still in existence today. Eldon’s proudest accomplishment as a teacher was seeing his students succeed and follow a career that was spawned by his shop class. His most visible class project is the visitors’ bleachers at Puncher Stadium.During his teaching career, Eldon found his life partner, Caroline Maria Remling, in 1978. On June 3 of that year they were married in the Hilda United Methodist Church. In 1981 Eldon and Carol adopted Kaci Marie Kothmann who now owns and operates Urban Expression (hair salon) in Menard, Texas. Eldon and Carol built a home on Beaver Creek in Mason County in 1980. In 1993 they traded for a ranch in Menard and Concho Counties, which is a trophy hunting and yearling operation today. They built a new home on Johnson Road in Mason County in 1994 where they presently live after both having retired from teaching in 2001.After retirement, Eldon was elected Precinct 4 Mason County Commissioner in 2002 and served for 8 years. Very active in the community, he was past president of several organizations, including Operation Orphans, Mason Lions Club, Mason Jaycees and Mason County Appraisal Board. He was active in First United Methodist Church in Mason, and has served on various church committees. Eldon was an endowed member of the Masonic Lodge, Honorary Life member of the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, and Life member of The National Rifle Association. Eldon passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the age of 67.He was preceded in death by a nephew, Keith Michael Walsh. Eldon is survived by his wife Carol Kothmann of Mason, a daughter Kaci Kothmann of Menard, a sister Glenda Kothmann of Fredericksburg a brother Sidney Kothmann and wife Jane of Dallas, aunts and uncle Elvira Goodwin of Brownwood and Olga and Stanley Kothe of Fredericksburg, a niece Jennifer Delp of Dallas and a nephew Konrad Kothmann of Austin.A memorial service celebrating Eldon’s life was held on Monday, November 21, at 4:00 p.m. at the pavilion in Fort Mason Community Park. This was followed by a pot luck dinner at the Community Building in the park. Private interment of Eldon’s cremated remains took place earlier in the day on Monday.Memorials in his honor may be made to the Mason Volunteer Fire Department or Mission Theatre Restoration in Menard, Tx.Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.netFuneral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.