Rodney “Roddy” Mott West

January 13, 1948 - May 10, 2020

Rodney “Roddy” Mott West, 72, a resident of Sanibel Island and Minneapolis died Sunday, May 10, 2020. 

Roddy grew up in Excelsior, MN, attended The Blake School and the University of Minnesota.  He married Wendy in 1970, they raised three children in Minneapolis.  He had a long career with Knutson Construction. Roddy will be remembered for his energetic personality, ability to create and build anything, his love of his family, his fanatical interest in outdoor activities including fishing, windsurfing, sailing, biking, paddle boarding, golfing and hockey.  Roddy was a natural mentor and coach in sports, on the job site, and in life in general.  He was always outspoken and an advocate for social justice.  Roddy loved planning and taking part in adventure travel with Wendy and their children.  He loved sugary treats.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy; his daughters Hannah O’Connor (Jim), Leah Raiche (Ken),and son Brendhan (Caitlin); six grandchildren, Fiona and Liam O’Connor, Evan and Ella Raiche, and Olivia and Henry West; four siblings, Tupper Thomas, Dobson West (Jane),  Susie Oppenheim (Frieda Gardner), and Gretchen West; ; 14 nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. 

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Florida and Minnesota. Details to be announced via

Memorial Contributions in memory of Roddy West are suggested to Chequemegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), or PO BOX 141, Cable, WI 54821.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Mark Hall May 13, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I will always remember Roddy’s kindness and knowledge. He was a great friend to our family and helped us with many needs great and small. He made the life of my family richer. I got to enjoy many times on his boat in Sanibel and watched in wonder as he remodeled his home, then another, biked, windsurfed and paddled boarded. Wendy, you and your family will be in my prayers.

    Thank you for sharing Roddy with us.

    Mark Hall

  2. Mark and Melissa Calkin May 20, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    When we first moved to Sanibel we would see this guy going fishing on his paddle board early in the morning. Then we would see him blazing by us on his road bike later in the day. Roddy had more fun by noon than most people have in a week. He graciously and skillfully helped us with carpentry work in our kitchen. We were lucky enough to share a few beers with Roddy and Wendy. We wish we had shared more.

  3. Bruce Winslow May 21, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Dear Wendy,
    Kathy and I were very saddened to hear of Roddy’s passing. I remember his great sense of humor, laugh and admired his ability to build or remodel anything. And I recall visiting you both when you lived near Como, Roddy asked if I wanted some candy and he showed me his carton of candy bars! Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Best Regards,
    Bruce and Kathy Winslow

  4. Lillian and John Decker May 21, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    John and I remember Roddy and Wendy from our very, very first moments in Gulf Shores. The were wonderful neighbors and exciting people to know. One of their trips that I remember is when they hiked in Copper Canyon, Mexico. Roddy Was an inspiration to those who knew him. We are so sorry to hear of his passing.
    Lillian and John Decker

  5. Trudy Burky359 May 23, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Wendy we are so sorry to hear about Rodney’s passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts. Please accept our condolences. Jim and Trudy Burkholder

  6. Mary Culver May 28, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    It is with much sadness that we offer our heartfelt condolences on Roddy’s sudden passing. He was a wonderful husband, father and an avid outdoorsman who will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
    The Sanibel Fiber Craft Group
    Mary Culver, Jane Dumaisand Maria Vogler

  7. Gail Migliorini May 29, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Dear Wendy and family,
    Gianni and I were so saddened to hear of Roddy’s death and send you our deepest sympathies. He was always so friendly, outgoing and happy. We know that je will be very missed by all of you.

    Gail and Gianni Migliorini

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