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John Harvey Pennington, 73, of Boulder, died Tues. Oct. 23, 2012. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wed. Nov. 7th, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3700 Baseline Rd., Boulder, CO. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Marie Corp. John was born Dec. 21, 1938 in Denver, CO. His family moved to Hobbs, NM, where John became an Eagle Scout, and was proud to represent his troop at The International Jamboree, Valley Forge. He treasured his scouting days and often spoke of the Philmont Scout Ranch and his wilderness survival experience on the New Mexico Rockies' rugged trails as a challenging adventure. He returned each summer as a counselor and guide until her graduated from high school. John returned to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder where he attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history and political science. He married while at C.U., and thereafter joined the Marine Corps serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the Marine Air Wing Squadron VMF (AW) 323 - the "Death Rattlers." The squadron accomplished an enviable record at the time, flying 1600 hours in 26 days and knocking down every target or drone they encountered. They qualified on three different aircraft carriers in the Pacific theater, a record of which the team was very proud. A dedicated Marine, he volunteered to serve 16 months in Kyoto, Japan shortly after his son Brad was born. He lived the Marine motto "Semper Fi" as his core/corps value. After serving his country John worked as an executive for Armstrong Corp. He later moved to Camarillo, CA and became VP of sales for several packaging companies. He loved the sport of tennis and was a member of the Cabrillo Racquet Club for many years. An enthusiastic outdoorsman, he was an ardent supporter of the Sierra Club. Reflecting his passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation, he was an avid backpacker in the Sierras and the Colorado Rockies. He liked to share the things he enjoyed in life with his friends and family. He put his family before himself, was protective and strong, and never lost sight of those values. John took comfort in his belief in God, knowing it helped him through difficult times. The family expresses its heartfelt thanks to HospiceCare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties, for administering to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of John and his family during his last years in Longmont. Survivors: Mother, Eleanor Pennington, Boulder, CO; Son, Brad (Mary) Pennington, Longmont, CO; Daughter, Elizabeth Kaplan, Grandchildren, Isabelle, Ryan and Dolan, Encinitas, CA; and Brother, Thomas Pennington, Lake George, CO Contributions: HospiceCare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trail Ridge Dr., Lafayette, CO 80026. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences at legacy.com/obituaries/dailycamera

Published in The Daily Camera on Nov. 4, 2012
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