Tampa business owner and Pearl Harbor survivor Olin Mott dies - WFLA News Channel 8

Tampa business owner and Pearl Harbor survivor Olin Mott dies

Posted: Updated:

Tampa business owner and community leader Olin Mott passed away Tuesday morning.

Mott was 92 and well known in the community for a chain of tire stores he founded in the Tampa Bay Area.

He was also a decorated World War II veteran and a founder of Joshua House.

On December 7, 1941, Mott was serving as a member of the U.S. Army based at Hickam Field in Hawaii.

In a 2009 interview he vividly recalled the attack on Pearl Harbor although at first he wasn't sure his base was being attacked.

Mott said, "I thought, when I first heard the bombs that they were blasting a big aircraft."

When he walked outside, he quickly realized what was going on after seeing a Japanese aircraft, "Walked out and here is a dive bomber with a torpedo under his belly," said Mott.

He then jumped into action and helped man a machine gun.

After serving his country, Mott came to Tampa, and served his community.

His passion was Joshua House, a center for abused children that he helped establish.

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Dottie Berger MacKinnon said Mott helped raise money for Joshua House, but didn't take credit.

She said, "He was always behind the scenes. Always the person who was giving and working, you know, never sought the limelight, just get things done."

Mott also helped to establish the equestrian center at the State Fairgrounds in Hillsborough County.

Mackinnon said, "The person that I know, Olin Mott was the most kind and giving and loving person, especially toward the young people."

A viewing is scheduled at Stowers Funeral Home on Saturday 4 till 8 in the evening. Memorial services are set to begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Florida State Fairgrounds.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

    Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:54:36 GMT
    Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSOLarkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO
    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning.
    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning.
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    10 Things to Know for Today

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:40:41 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
  • Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings

    Ukrainian militia rejects calls to leave buildings

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:32 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:32:18 GMT
    Pro-Russian militiamen who control government buildings in eastern Ukraine are showing no sign of relenting despite a deal between Moscow and Kiev.
    Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.