Brian Douglas Cota, 44, of Pampa, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday at The Church at Bushland, with Pastor Merritt Vaughn of Trinity Fellowship Church officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery immediately following. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Monday at Cox-Rowley Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.
Brian (aka Cota) was born November 26, 1977 in Pampa, Texas to Bob and Becky Cota. Eight years later, his family became complete when his sister, Brandi, arrived. Brandi was the light of his world, he protected her fiercely; there was never sibling rivalry, and he was her hero.
He attended Amarillo High School and San Jacinto Christian Academy, where he found his love for basketball and Michael Jordan. During Cota’s adolescence, and perhaps even into adulthood, he was known as quite the class clown. He could outwit anyone and his shenanigans always received the biggest belly laugh from anybody within earshot. It was Cota’s larger-than-life personality, that drew people to him. He was an avid reader of the Bible, knew God’s word, and used it to guide his life path and purpose.
He was a member of the Pampa United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army of Borger and always helped the less fortunate. Cota was a natural leader; always working to increase his skills. He read numerous leadership books and applied his learnings.
Brian was a leader at Gene Messer in Amarillo for 14 years, and Country Auto Group for the last five years. He worked hard and had a passion for the car business and loved teaching others this passion. Cota was the CEO and Co-founder of his most recent entrepreneurial endeavor, InkIT Live, a game changer for virtual customer service.
When he met the love of his life, Savannah, his whole world shifted. When Savannah and her son Rhyder came into Brian’s life, he was finally whole. He was the happiest he has ever been when they were around. Brian was Rhyder’s biggest baseball fan and they loved magic tricks and video games. Brian and Savannah were best friends, partners in life and crime and had such a bright future ahead of them. Brian had a big heart and could make anyone smile, but it was Savannah’s smile that he loved the most.
While he will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with him, he has higher expectations of us. He wants us to laugh, smile, dream big, pace back and forth, create, innovate, and then live out those dreams. The score has finally been settled, Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time.
Survivors include his girlfriend, Savannah Allen and her son, Rhyder Allen of Amarillo; his parents, Bob and Becky Cota of Amarillo; his sister, Brandi Leach and husband Tanner of Bushland; his nephew, Tracer Leach; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to Rainbow Room of Borger.