John was born in Portland, Oregon the son of Jack and Dona McLaren (deceased). He grew up in Beaverton and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1961.

After completing his military service he met and married Kay (Shoop) in 1966. They recently celebrated 53 years of marriage. They moved to Sisters, Oregon in 1978, where they continued to reside for over 25 years. During this period they owned and operated Sisters Mercantile.

John was a perfectionist in every sense of the word: A talented woodworker and finish carpenter. His lawns were legendary...perfectly manicured with straight edging. He liked nothing better than to mow, start the sprinklers, open a cold beer and watch his grass grow so that he could mow once again.

He was a car enthusiast and owned many - always spotless and in good working order. He loved to golf and play cards and always mixed a stiff drink.

He was a good and honorable man who set high standards for himself and others.

His former employment includes Hertz Rent A Car, Kuni Cadillac, G.J. Miller Construction and Black Butte Ranch.

He will be truly missed by his wife; daughters Cori Wunderle (Andreas), Shelley Lindsey (Kevin); seven grandchildren; his sister, Connie Sheeley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service has been planned at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on March 8 at 11 a.m. All are welcome.