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Phoenix AZ: John Edward Michael Gayton, born January 17, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois passed on peacefully Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the age of 91. John spent his early years in Chicago, where his father served as City Engineer for the City of Chicago. John attended the University of Chicago Lab School then briefly attended Notre Dame University before moving to Boston. In Boston, John attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. He later attended Harvard University, completing a Masters in Business Administration. John served in the United States Navy during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific. He left the Navy with the rank of Lt. Commander. Throughout his long career in marketing and executive administration, John was known as a brilliant and creative individual, impacting everyone with whom he came into contact. He was an avid Ham Radio operator, loved old cars, model trains, and was a superb photographer. For the past three years, John and Dorothy lived in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that they were residents of Las Vegas, Nevada and Grand Junction, Colorado. John was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Gayton, and father, Loran DeLancey Gayton. John is survived by: Dorothy, his wife of 61 years; daughter Jan Bruner; son Loran Gayton and his wife Soheila; daughter Ann and her husband Ferdie Gomes; sister Jean Carroll; grandchildren Andrew and Aleixo Gomes; and step grandchildren Lauren Robydek and Johnathan Bruner. Per John's request, no services will be held. Instead, the family will hold a private celebration of John's life. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the American Red Cross Sandy Relief Fund.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 7, 2012