John D. Rowley

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John D. Rowley John D. Rowley, 74, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 7, 2014 after complications due to congestive heart failure. He was born in Everett, WA on May 4, 1939 to parents, Robert Endicott and Ruth (Rasmussen) Endicott, and raised by his mother and adopted father, Lester Rowley from age 9. John graduated from Everett High School in 1958. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy Submarine Core, and married his high school sweetheart, Dianne Strege, while on leave September 27, 1958. They were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Everett. After an honorable discharge, John began his life of public service as a police officer for the Eugene, OR Police Department. While in that position, he served as the first president of the Eugene Police officer's union. Later, he served as law enforcement planner for the city of LaGrande, OR; temporary police chief for the city of Medford, OR and personnel director for the city of Medford before accepting the City manager position in Estacada, OR in 1978. He was honored to serve as Estacada's mayor in the 1980s. The consummate outdoorsman, John loved longbow hunting, fishing, carving, arrowhead hunting, boating, and exploring the historical parts of the Pacific Northwest. John also enjoyed sports, and took up playing tournament level badminton with the rest of the family. As the president of the Oregon Badminton Association, John brought several tournaments to the Medford area that attracted international participants. He also enjoyed running, and was instrumental in starting the "Best Dam Run in Estacada" which is now in its 30th year. John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dianne; his son, John Rowley Jr., daughter-in-law, Sharon; daughter, Lisa Hegerberg, son-in-law, Grant; daughter, Laura Leek, son–in-law, Jay; and grandchildren, Nate and Taylor Hegerberg, Johnny and Kyle Rowley, and Ethan Leek. Above all, John was a man with an altruistic generosity, serving others, and enjoying life with a sense of humor. He was passionate in the activities he enjoyed. He always said, if you aren't having fun doing something, find the fun in it or find something else to do. The Memorial Service will be Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2521 Lombard Ave., Everett, 98201.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 11, 2014
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