John, born October 23, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. He married Donna Van Houten and after working for several years as a union carpenter in the New York area, John and his family moved to Olympia in the late 1980s. He was the proud parent of four daughters, Cassady, Kayla, Shea, and Eve Kelly.
John graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1993 and then joined the staff of the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency. He worked for ORCAA for many years as a Compliance Officer, and later took on the role of Environmental Engineer. He officially retired from ORCAA at the end of February, 2011. The effects of cancer, which he had been courageously battling for six years, triggered his early retirement.
John’s passing was noted with deep sorrow at the 2011 National Air Quality Conference with occurred March 6-10, 2011. During that gathering of air quality professionals, many of John’s colleagues from around the country remarked on his dedication to his work, and his expertise in the field. All who worked with him will miss John and his strong commitment to the mission of promoting and protecting clean air.
In addition to his service as a public employee devoted to protecting the regional air quality for the health and well-being of his neighbors and fellow residents, John devoted much of his life to the service of others. He provided a loving home, rich in kindness, creativity, diversity, humility, humor and joy.
John cared deeply about his fellow man and in honor of his compassion and caring, donations in John’s name are suggested in lieu of flowers or other remembrances. Please send your contributions to:
Capital Oncology Patient Assistance Fund
3920 Capital Mall Dr SW #100
Olympia, WA 98502