John, 65, died May 28, 1993, in Gresham, Oregon. He served with the Marine Corps during World War II and earned an honorable discharge as a technical sergeant in 1949. John served as a smokejumper pilot for many years and retired as regional air officer for the U.S. Forest Service in 1980. He worked as a seed certification specialist for Oregon State University and the Washington Crop Improvement Association from 1987 to 1992.
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