John was born April 20, 1943 and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduating from Miramonte High in Orinda in 1961. He then completed his AA at Contra Costa College in San Pablo. He immediately attended California Polytechnic State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1967 at San Luis Obispo.
John had a passion for trains and upon graduation went into train service with Southern Pacific, where he worked in various capacities, completing his career of 32 years as a locomotive engineer.
John’s other passion was serious kayaking, which aptly earned him the nickname of Whitewater. He kayaked every River in the Western US and some three times, such as the Colorado in the Grand Canyon. His expertise and ability to read the water earned him many adulations and respect in the kayaking arena. He maintained friendships for decades with his fellow kayakers.
John loved sports, and along with Michael Summers, called football and basketball games at Mt. Shasta High, videotaping the games and making souvenir CDs for the players.
John was an active member of Sons in Retirement—a group formed to provide friendship and enjoyment to retirees. He spear-headed various levels of the organization.
He also was active in the National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Employees in Dunsmuir, serving as President of the local organization the last two years.
John didn’t marry until he was 70 yrs old. He was often overheard saying that he waited for the best, when he met and married his wife Heather. Together the two of them took several train trips, riding the steam engines in Colorado, Montana, Canada and Nevada.
John passed peacefully at home on July 20, 2022. He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his adoring wife, Heather, his sister Vivian (Tom) Blossom of WA, nieces Amy and Deborah of WA and Susan of Palm Springs, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 13th at 12 noon at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Mt. Shasta with Fr. Lester Menor presiding. Reception to follow in the church.
Posted online on August 03, 2022
Published in Mount Shasta Herald