NOYCE, JOHN ALLEN December 28, 1945 to June 8, 2014 John passed away quietly in his sleep surrounded by friends and his faithful dog. He was born in Annapolis at the Naval Academy hospital and after graduating from Annapolis High School, he enlisted in the US Army. He served in the Eighth Army Honor Guard at the US Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. He also served in Vietnam as an Airborne Ranger with the First Infantry Division (Big Red One) where he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. John's meritorious service was one of several described in the book titled "Mud Soldiers" by George C. WIlson. After his Army service, John moved to California in 1967. There, he enjoyed surfing and fishing in Laguna Beach where he met the owner of a horse ranch in Nevada. Driven by his love of animals he moved there and apprenticed as a Farrier. After becoming a Farrier, he enjoyed a career that took him with rodeos throughout the Southwest, eventually settling in Texas, where he continued to care for horses and his cattle herding dogs. John was preceded in death by his parents Lt. Benjamin Ellsworth Noyce and Anna Rebecca Noyce, and brother Benjamin Carlton ("Skip") Noyce. John is survived by his two daughters, Holly A. Alex of Carroll, IA, and Shannon P. Polczynski of Salisbury MD; sisters, Carroll Anne Harris of Annapolis, MD, Mary Augusta Young of Berlin, MD; and brother, Robert A. Noyce of Annapolis, MD. John lived a colorful and adventurous life; he was buried among other patriots in the Fort Sam Huston Veteran's Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
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Published in The Capital on June 22, 2014