Carleton Latham Cotting

Carleton Latham Cotting

October 2, 1929 – December 15, 2017


Carleton Latham Marbach was born to Clifford Armond Marbach and Ruth Lucille Houck in Cleveland OH. His father died when he was a toddler. His name was changed to Carleton Latham Cotting on 9/4/1935 after his mother married John Cotting. He resided in numerous places in northern VA, but spent the last 49 years at his home in Vienna, VA.


He died of natural causes at the age of 88 after successfully beating cancer twice years ago.


He is survived by his wife Marion Celina (LaFleur) Cotting who he married 1952. He is also survived by his daughter, Terry Celina Cotting-Mogan (Mark Mogan), daughter in law, Karen Cotting Brown, granddaughters, Celina Mogan (Brandon Rebboah), Nicole Cotting (Aidan Osteen), Anna Cotting, Sarah Cotting, and grandson, Nathaniel Brown.  He is predeceased in death by his parents, his brother, Rodger Cotting, son, Clifford John Cotting and grandson, Zachary John Mogan


He graduated from Falls Church, VA High School and studied architecture at Virginia Tech.


He served in the US Army during the Korean war.


He co-founded Gilles and Cotting, Inc, a construction company, and later when Bob Gilles retired was the sole owner until his retirement.  Gilles and Cotting completed many Washington, DC projects including, in the White House, National Archives, and Blair House, as well as the Lebanon building for the 1968 World’s Fair in New York.


A well-known and respected antique collector, with his wife, he specialized in Early American furniture, stoneware, butter molds, Phoenix ware, and oil lamps (especially miniatures). He gave talks and input on pricing guides. In recent years, he began collecting beer steins, reflecting his love of beer.


Loving his country, he volunteered for years at his local Election Poll, where he recently received a years of service award.


He could be found in his favorite chair watching sports. He especially loved the Washington Redskins (had season tickets for many years), Washington Nationals, Virginia Tech and NASCAR.


For many years, you could tell he was around by the sweet smell of his pipe tobacco. Even though he did give up smoking, he kept his favorite pipes near his chair as a memory.


He was a very generous man with his family and favorite charities. In lieu of flowers, his wife requests that donations be made in his name to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (


A memorial service will be held at a later date.