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In Memory of

John Howard Colyer

January 27, 1937 - June 14, 2017

Obituary


On June 14, 2017 in Portland OR, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully in his sleep and was reunited with the love of his life, his wife, Virginia Kay Colyer, who predeceased him in 2015. John Howard Colyer of Redmond WA was born January 27, 1937 in Phoenix AZ, the son of Howard F. and Nina Mae Colyer. He is survived by his children: Craig, Chris (Kris), Alison (Dave) Chisholm; a sister, Gerry Best; and seven grandchildren. John graduated from North Phoenix High School in 1955. He was a...

On June 14, 2017 in Portland OR, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully in his sleep and was reunited with the love of his life, his wife, Virginia Kay Colyer, who predeceased him in 2015. John Howard Colyer of Redmond WA was born January 27, 1937 in Phoenix AZ, the son of Howard F. and Nina Mae Colyer. He is survived by his children: Craig, Chris (Kris), Alison (Dave) Chisholm; a sister, Gerry Best; and seven grandchildren. John graduated from North Phoenix High School in 1955. He was a tremendous baseball player and went on to play as a varsity second baseman from 1956-59 at The University of Arizona under Coach Frank Sancet. During his four years on campus he was vice president of his senior class, a member of Sigma Chi and Honorary Sophos, Chain Gang and Bobcats. After graduating with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, he served in the US Air Force as an officer in Research and Development at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico from 1960-63. After military service he had a long, successful career in the HVAC industry until his retirement in 2006. John and Virginia lived in Beaverton OR for 21 years before moving to Issaquah WA in 1989. He had a passion for all sports and rooted hard for Arizona Wildcats athletics, the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks. He enjoyed coaching his sons in Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and later his oldest grandson's Little League team alongside his son. John loved playing golf and especially treasured the time at Columbia Edgewater Country Club where he served on the Board and as President. He lived life fully in all aspects from his career to sports, friends, good food, social events, house and yard projects and most importantly his family. John's love, guidance, kindness, spirit to go above and beyond and sense of humor will live in our hearts forever. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends he loved fiercely. A celebration of life honoring John will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Please email jhcolyermemorial@gmail for information. Family and friends please remember to sign the online guestbook through this site.
Arrangements under the direction of Young's Funeral Home, Tigard, OR.