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In Memoriam

Terry Peter Decottignies

Jun 14, 2022

Terry Decottignies, 63, died June 14, 2022 in Chico, CA.

Terry Peter Decottignies was born January 24, 1959 in San Francisco, CA to Beatrice and Louis Decottignies. He moved to Chico, CA while in high school and graduated from Chico Sr High in 1977. After moving to Chico, he was unofficially adopted by the Montague family. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later sealed to the Montague family in the Sacramento Temple.

He married Rebecca (Becky) Dresser in 1981 in Paradise, CA. While living in Irwin, ID they had three children; Sara Talbert, Paul Decottignies, and William Decottignes. In Irwin, Terry and Becky managed the small local gas station and grocery store. Terry also was a volunteer firefighter and worked for the state on a road crew. The family moved back to Chico, CA in 1985 and started a bathtub refinishing company in 1986, where Terry gained local fame with his famous commercial and catchy phone number and was called the Tub Guy.

Terry had several other businesses during his life. He had a construction company, and he built several homes. He partnered in running Greenz Trucking, allowing him to drive the big trucks he loved.

Terry married Lisa Skinner on March 16, 2015, in Chico, CA and moved to Magalia, CA in 2017. They renovated the historic Magalia assayer’s office were they currently live. Their home survived the 2018 Camp Fire with his efforts and the miracle of a helicopter seeing him and dumping water on his home.

Terry volunteered for the Gold Nugget Museum with his family, helping in several of the museum events and building projects. He was always on the parade route wearing his gold shirt and selling badges. He also volunteered and worked at the Portola Railroad Museum and was recently working on the WWII SS Jeremiah O’Brien in San Franscico as a fireman in the engine room.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Terry held several callings such as Cub Scout leader, Sunday School Teacher, and helped in the youth programs. He spent many weekends and summers helping with the scouting program with his sons and built several climbing and repelling walls.

Terry loved to travel and had many hobbies and interests. He traveled to Europe, Asia, South America and all over the states and Canada. Terry’s many hobbies and interests include scuba and free diving, trucking, welding, camping, scouting, underwater hockey, war and action movies, guns and shooting, fishing, boating, water and snow skiing, classic cars, airplanes, four wheeling, but most of all trains, both model and real. He drove many trains at the Portola Railroad Museum and did many speeder (small rail cars) runs in California, Oregon, Arizona, and Nevada.

Terry’s greatest love came from spending time with his family, especially his kids and grandkids. He understood that it wasn’t the quantity of time, but the quality of time spent with his family. He was the go-to guy in helping with home projects or car issues and was always up for a good wrestle with his grandkids, who called him Pop Pop.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Decottignies; children, Sara Talbert, Paul Decottignies, and William Decottignies; children’s spouse’s, Jacob Talbert and Wittnee Decottignies; sister, Louise Gray; brother, Robert Decottignies; niece, Daphne Gray; nephew, Gavin Gray; grandchildren, Peter, Cooper, and Sam Talbert and Judy and James Decottignies; and his adopted Montague family, Kathleen, Roman, Sue, Beverly, Vern, and Val.

He is preceded in death by his parents Beatrice and Louis Decottignies and adopted parents Robert and Doris Montague.

A Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-day Saints Church located at 2430 Mariposa Ave, Chico, CA 95926.