In Loving Memory of Tommy Botell

On July 29, 2009, Tommy Botell was killed by a rock retaining wall that collapsed while hiking with his family at Lassen Volcanic National Forest.

Tommy’s sister Katrina, was seriously injured and suffered numerous facial fractures.

Tommy was a dedicated scout, a fan of Indiana Jones, a budding adventurer and a beloved son and brother.

Tommy died in the loving arms of his mother. He was 9 years old.

This site is dedicated to his memory and keeping that memory alive.

36 Responses to “In Loving Memory of Tommy Botell”

  1. Matt Botell says:

    Love you little dude. wont ever forget you! Cousin Matty.

  2. Barbara Pritchard says:

    There’s a big empty space in our lives, but you will be in our hearts forever.
    Grandma Barbara

  3. Grandma Carolyn Botell says:

    What a nice idea, a website for Tommy’s memory, lovely.

  4. Dan Nelson says:

    This website is amazing. What a great way to honor Tommy’s beautiful life. We all miss Tommy so much.

    Uncle Dan

  5. DeFonte Family says:

    Beautiful site for Tommy. He would think it was the coolest! You are a wonderful and amazing family, and your kids are lucky to have you both as parents. He was a very special little man, and we are glad to have known him for the short time he was here.
    Much love to you all. XXOO

  6. Jackie Nelson says:

    What an emotional story…I’ve heard you tell it so many times, and yet reading it really brought me to the peak of Lassen with you…Thank you for sharing it. I will always love and remember you, Tommy. Love Aunt Jackie

  7. Lisa Ching (England) says:

    We may live far apart but in our hearts you are only next door. Wonderful memorial website for Tommy. Thinking of you always. Love you all. Lisa, Rob and Allister XXX

  8. brittany botell says:

    miss you tommy

    our little munchin

  9. Amanda says:

    miss u Tommy wish u could be here for the next
    school year.


  10. morgan says:

    miss u tommy wish u were here for the next school year u have an awesome site

  11. Bailey Frantz says:

    I really liked the story when Savannah was his first kiss. He was really nice. I Know that he was a great friend, and that everyone loved him very much. Your family has my prayers, and I really hope that Katrina will heal soon.
    Bailey Frantz

  12. ashlyn griffis♥ says:

    tommy was an amazing little boy and he will always be in my heart.i will miss him.


  13. summer frantz says:

    Tommy was much loved in the frantz family considering savannah is katrina’s best friend. i wont ever forget seeing tommy carring skylars backback at school.

  14. skylar glines says:

    Tommy will be missed by the Glines family.

  15. Vince Ramsay says:

    Although I was only able to spend a few days with him in this life I will never forget him and the time we spent together our two families. I am looking forward to seeing him again in his perfection. A beautiful tribute to him and a testament of a mothers love for her son. we love you Jen.

  16. Trisa Silva-Griffis says:

    It is so difficult to find the right words to say, I am not so sure there are any. One minute at a time, one hour at a time and eventually, they say time itself heals the heart. You have a wonderful network of family & friends to help you through this…so please, whatever the need may be call and I promise I will be there for you in some way, shape or form..

    Love you,

    Trisa & family

  17. Lynette says:

    Hey Tommy-
    I missed you in class today. A lot of the kids told stories and shared their favorite memories of you. You were such a good friend to all. I will always remember what a great kid you were, and will miss you everyday.

    Lynette (Ms. Faulkner to you!)

  18. Maureen says:

    What a beautiful site to remember the spirit of a wonderful young man. Prayers and healing thoughts to the Botell Family.

  19. Michael Jones says:

    Hi Tommy,remember that day we spent cruising the streets of San Francisco in the convertible?Remember how suprised everybody was in the other car how to see happy we were :they were fed up because they couldn’t find the theatre?Thats because you are great fun to be with.When I join you up there I’m bringing the convertible so get ready for some more fun times.Miss you buddy,Love Mike x

  20. Barbara Pritchard says:

    Dear Tommy, I remember the time you, Dad, Mom, Brit, and Katrina visited me in England and we had dinner at Manor Farm. Aunt Lisa, uncle Rob and cousin Allister were there too. You had such fun playing amongst all the balls that you could sink into, and going down the slide into them all. Everytime I drive by there I think of you and am left with such happy memories. We also got to visit Warwick Castle and the Safari Park. I remember the giraffe with the sloppy tongue putting it’s head in the car window for some banana. It was such a laugh. Tommy, you will be remembered always with such love. Grandma Barbara

  21. hey, timmy had a few words and i am here 2 support all of your family and my brother. here is his words: i love tommy very much, and he was like a brother 2 me. we had lots of fun together, like at our birthdays, school, and boyscouts. he was the most loyal best friend i had ever had. i will always remember him. sweet dreams tommy we love you!!!!!! u r a great kid and now u get 2 b happier than u have ever been, u get 2 see Jesus face 2 face!!

  22. Rick Holeman says:

    Just a stranger here, from the area, who’s followed the sad story in the news. What a wonderful child he must have been, little Tommy. We all grieve for your loss and we all thank God that you were, at the least, spared the loss of your daughter as well. God bless.

  23. timmy bonds says:

    hi its me timmy. i had somthings to say that you might already know and here i go.tommy was the best kid i ever new.i don,t know if my school years will ever be the same.god bless you

    • Mommy says:

      I love you, Timmy. You were such a great friend to Tommy. He loved when you would call him. He felt so important. He would run into his room and close his door. He would come out so happy that he had had a phone call. He loved you Timmy. He always talked about you. I want you to try hard in school, okay. Make Tommy proud. He would want you to do well. I Love You.
      Love, Tommy’s Mommy

  24. Sherry says:

    I grabbed Tommy’s balloon on facebook. I seen your website listed and came here and read your letters.
    My heart goes out to your family. As long as I live I will never forget the letters and The horrible accident yourfamily went thru.
    May God Bless You.

  25. Dana Haumea says:

    To The Botell Family,

    What a beautiful memorial you have here. I have read your stories over and over. I have a daughter the same age as Tommy. My family and I are good friends with Trisa & Marlon Griffis. We are avid hikers, campers, fisherman, just like your family. Life seems so short at times…. I will hug my children daily and think of Tommy for the rest of their lives. I will appreciate life more seriously and stop taking all that I have for granted. Thank you for sharing your stories. I have forever been touched.


    Dana Haumea

  26. brittany botell says:

    Tommy was so young. 9 is my favorite #.

  27. timmy says:

    i love you to so happy that you guys came into my life.tommy was my best friend i ever had.i will always be by all of your guys are just like my famliy. ilove you all very much.god bless you

  28. Kathy says:

    “Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” Quote by John Muir

    My prayers are with each of you, may you always hold Tommy in your heart, and be thankful for every moment you had with him.

    Tommy is in a beautiful place, and is loved. His spirit will live on forever.

  29. Erin says:

    My daughters go to school w/ ur children my Hannah was in Tommy’s class last year she was the one that was 2 sing 1st @ the talent show she was so nervous, she wrote her own song for it but well as u saw she got 2 nervous.Hannah was talking abt how she was mad @ her self because she didn’t sing I told her that I’m sure Tommy had seen her practice & that just getting up there showed him she cared.God Bless You All !

  30. Mommy says:

    Bless her little heart. I meant to talk to her after the event, but never got a chance. Tell her that I love that she tried and I am sure that Tommy saw her practice. If she would ever like to come over and sing her song I would love to hear it. Or maybe she would like to post her song on Tommy’s Place. Give her a big hug from Tommy’s Mommy.
    Love to You and Your Family, Erin.

  31. meagan and zack picklesimer says:

    we miss you tommy…….zack misses you SOOOOOOOO much he ia always thinking of you and so am i…you were such a cute little boy….you were zacks BEST friend and you will always be missed by the picklesimer family….

    meagan and zack picklesimer

  32. Lynna says:

    Botell Family,
    You continue to be in my thought and prayers.
    <3 to you and yours.

  33. botells says:

    Thank You Lynna. I hope you and your boys are doing well.

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