John Wade Adcox
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August 8, 1944 - March 14, 2014
John W. Adcox, age 69, was born August 8, 1944, in Delhi, LA. He passed away, March 14, 2014, at home in Whitewater, CO from complications of a bilateral lung transplant.
John joined the Air Force and served in Thailand and Viet Nam after graduating from high school. He then graduated from Arizona State University with an Electrical Engineering degree.
He worked at Hughes Air Craft in Anaheim, CA before moving to Denver, CO to work for Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin) as a supervisor and electrical design engineer. He was chosen to be an examiner for the Quality Improvement Prototype award at the Federal Quality Institute. After 20 years at Lockheed Martin he retired in 1999.
John enjoyed hiking, rock climbing, running, building and restoring classic cars, woodworking, construction, and woodturning. He won the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-To-Rim race when he was 43, running 50 miles in 13 hours. When in Denver, he was a Stephen Minister for five years.
He married Sandra Childers in 1990. In 2000 they moved to Grand Junction. He shed his suit and tie and worked in construction and later designed and built his own home. He was active in local clubs including Blue Dots and Wheels West car clubs and the Grand Valley Woodturners Club.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Bessie Adcox; sister, Janiece Whisenhunt, and adopted twin brothers, Marvin and Melvin Adcox.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sandra Adcox; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Kelly of Escondido, CA; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Cara Adcox of Denver, CO; daughter and son-in-law, Brandy and Gabe Gonzalez of Denver, CO; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Don Mosby of Grand Junction, CO; father-in-law, Bob Childers of Pampa, TX; sister-in-law, Bobbye Thomson of Coeur d'Alene, ID; six grandchildren, Caleb, Katie, Cameron Adcox, Dominic Gonzalez, and Sydney and Taylor Mosby, and many special friends.
Military honors and inurnment will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday March 21, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2830 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction, CO. A memorial service is scheduled at 3:00 p.m. Saturday March 22, at Canyon View Vineyard Chapel, 736-24 ½ Rd, Grand Junction, CO. There will be reserved parking for classic cars.
Published in The Daily Sentinel from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2014