John was a best friend and awesome shipmate. I am so lucky to have known John the last four years. I will always remember with fondness the moments shared as we navigated our department head rides on USS SHOUP. But, most of all, I'll never forget the times spent together off-duty. We would ride all the trains we could from Vancouver to Chehalis, hit the road in his truck listening to tunes with no particular destination in mind, enjoy fine wine while pondering life, and talk about our hopes for the future. I loved his cornbread and black bean soup. I miss our Sunday routine of going to church together, having brunch at Arnies overlooking the railroad tracks, then walking around old town Mukilteo. We always had to stop if there were cars on the track so John could take pictures. I miss the sweetness of reunion after time spent apart, especially our last Christmas in Everett and then in Williamsburg in the spring. John was so proud of his time in the Navy, and he shared his stories of his time at USNA with me before his last PCS to Japan. I won't ever forget his handsome smile and zest for life. I miss him terribly but take comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain and is resting peacefully. My life is forever blessed for having known John.