JOHN McCAMEY SWEET
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John M. Sweet, 88, a longtime resident of Boulder, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
John was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Parker, PA, to John K. and Jane (Harkless) Sweet. He married Mirabel "Mo" Digel in Smethport, PA, on June 10, 1948. John served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific from 1943-1946. In the 1960s in Alaska, he was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives.
John was a family man. He was a loving and dedicated husband to Mo for 65 years. He was the father of six children, whom he loved, nurtured and looked on with great pride. He embraced the spouses of his children as equal members of the family and gave his heart and soul to his grandchildren. He counted it as one of his greatest blessings that he lived to welcome two beautiful great-grandchildren into his life. He was a loved and admired uncle to many nephews and nieces, as well as a respected son-in-law and brother-in-law.
During his career as a geologist with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), John was actively involved in the discovery of oil in Alaska. Later in his lifetime, he wrote a book, "Discovery at Prudhoe Bay: OIL," to honor the people and document the events that led to that discovery.
He will be remembered as a craftsman, an outdoorsman, a camper, hunter and fisherman. He was an avid biker and golfer. At age 70, he participated in the Ride The Rockies Colorado Bicycle Tour.
John was known for his honesty and faith. He was dedicated to family and friends and to his church and his community. He gave of himself unselfishly, never seeking the spotlight or requiring accolades. His morals and integrity will live on in the lives of his children and grandchildren, as well as anyone who knew him.
He was an active member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Boulder and active in the Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, AZ.
John is survived by his wife, Mirabel D. Sweet of Boulder, CO; daughters, M. Anne (George Hopkins) Sweet of Des Moines, WA, and Patricia J. (Aiya John) Nakornthap of Bakersfield, CA; sons, John H. (Dorothy) Sweet of Bend, OR; Robert M. (Sharon) Sweet of Silverthorne, CO; Thomas A. (DJ) Sweet of Lander, WY; and Timothy F. Sweet of Vancouver, BC; grandchildren Patra and Jillian Nakornthap and Kelly (Christian) Booth; and great-grandchildren Elliott and Amelia Booth.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at 10 a.m., a Celebration of John's Life will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3700 Baseline Rd. in Boulder. Parking at St. Andrew will be accessible on the east of the church on Baseline, south on Meadowbrook Drive and right on Pinon Drive. A reception will follow the service at the church.
In John's memory contributions may be made to Community Food Share, 650 S. Taylor Ave., Louisville, CO 80027; or St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3700 Baseline Rd., Boulder, CO 80303.
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Sept. 18, 2013