One of Liberty Counties best known and respected citizens died late Saturday morning at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. John Clifford Otto- age 71, a Dayton native had been ill recently after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Best known for his six terms of service as an influential member if the Texas State Legislature. Texas Monthly Magazine had honored John Otto as one of the best and most influential members of the state house. Before being elected representative of district 18 John served his hometown – Dayton, in many ways. Professionally John Otto was a certified public accountant, graduating from Texas A & M University and was in the Fighting Texas Aggie Band. Otto was a Lieutenant in the US Army after graduation from A & M. While still in college he married his childhood sweetheart, Nancy Whitman. The couple has two sons and three grandchildren. We will report funeral arrangements for former state representative John Otto of Dayton when complete. Mr. Otto died late Saturday morning at MD Anderson in Houston. We had reported recently that the Dayton City council had voted to name State Highway 146 from US 90 south to the Dayton City limits as The John Otto Expressway. Signs to that effect were placed on highway 146 only days ago. Representative Otto was instrumental to achieve the widening of that heavily traveled roadway that was notorious for its high accident rate. Since those improvements the accident rate on 146 has been sharply reduced.