Born in Ely, Nevada, October 5, 1955 John passed away at home in Mesa, Arizona in the sunrise hour of July 20, 2013 at the age of 57. He left behind his cancer ravaged body and this world to spend eternity with those he so loved, that had gone before him. Now with his Mother Donna, Father George, many Uncles, cousins and friends, he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
John leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Laurel, a sister Georgia (Lance) Klotovich, children Geno Piccinini, Tyra (Shannon) Gladdem, Stormy Martin, Erik (Courtney) Martin, many, many grandchildren and a great-grandchild, Avery. Also missing him are two “rescued” dogs, Gypsey and Sheba.
As a child in Ely, Johnny loved playing at “Big Ditch”, “Green Town” and the Scout Cabin. Throughout his years he played in every sport in school from Little League, Pop Warner, swimming, High School Football, baseball and track. At one time he was dubbed, “Fastest Man in White Pine County”. John loved the outdoors of Nevada, fishing, hunting, gathering wood or picking pine nuts.
Johnny spent 4 years in the Navy throughout the “South Pacific” on nuke ships and subs, learned HVAC-R and worked the trade for most of his life. In between times he worked the mines as a Haul Truck Driver.
Our thanks go to Hospice of The Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Bldg. 2, Phoenix, Arizona, 85014.
John was a full-body donor to Biological Resource Center, 2602 South 24th Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85034.
There will be a “Celebration of Life” Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 12PM to 6PM. Call 602-705-8335 for more information. There will also be a Celebration in Ely, Nevada, September 14th & 15th. This information is posted to WPHS Reunion, Class of 1973 on Facebook.com. Call the phone number above for more information.
“All we are is dust in the wind”.