John Woodruff Ogden
Dec 17, 1955 - Dec 19, 2013
Resident of San Jose
John Ogden was born in Oakland, California and lived in Lafayette until the age of 5, when his family moved to La Habra. He grew up in Orange county, attending La Habra High School and playing on their basketball team. He had a lifelong love of basketball, growing up with the great UCLA and Laker teams of the late 60's and early 70's.
His family moved to Walnut Creek for his senior year where he finished his basketball career and graduated from Monte Vista High School.
He attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, earning a B.S. in Computer Science.
After college, he worked at Western Electric, a subsidiary of AT&T which subsequently became Lucent Technologies. During this time he attained a M.S. in Computer Science from New Mexico State University in Las Cruses.
He worked for IBM for several years as a project manager, then worked as a contractor for various companies including Avaya, SBC Communications, Kaiser Permanente, and Cisco. He was a certified project manager and a member of PMI (Project Management Institute)
In addition to his family and friends, John was passionate about golf, tennis and basketball. In later years he embraced lawn bowls and and was active in several lawn bowling organizations. He played in several U.S. Open of Lawn Bowls tournaments and qualified to play in the 2011 U.S. National Lawn Bowling Championships in Seattle.
He maintained close friendships from all the various stages of his life and his quirky sense of humor and unfailing positive attitude will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Fowler; his parents Woody and Mary (Lewis) Ogden, brother Richard (Kathryn) and sisters Terri Hall (Mike) and Lauri Ogden. He is further survived by nieces and nephew, Jennifer, Elysa, Jacquelyn, and Graham.
John will be interred at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland in a private family ceremony. Plans for a remembrance event are in progress.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, http://www.abta.org/ or Living Strong, Living Well, http://lslw.stanford.edu/donation.htm