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John Neal Lundgren was born April 11, 1960, in Port Townsend to Raymond and Charlotte Lundgren. John passed away on July 22, 2011.
John was raised in Port Townsend and graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1978. He attended Central Washington University.
After college, he moved back to Port Townsend and landed a role in the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman," which was being filmed there at the time.
During his early years, he worked for the family business, Lundgren Distributing. He would later move to Seattle, where he worked for more than 13 years for Gai's Baking Company in production.
On February 24, 1998, he married Gwen Carlson in a ceremony in Lihue, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
That same year, John decided to try a new venture and he became a golf-club maker and started his own company, Lundgren Golf. He was an avid golfer and found the perfect mix of profession and passion for the game.
In August of 2006, John and his wife traveled to Guangzhou, China, to adopt their daughter, Mya, who was one year old at the time. John gave up his business to raise Mya, and she was his pride and joy.
John was a person with an amazing ability to make everyone laugh. He had a heart of gold and the gift of storytelling.
He was also quite the culinary master, and was always making neighbors soup or some other culinary delights for their enjoyment.
John is survived by his wife, Gwen, and daughter, Mya; his mother, Charlotte Lundgren; and his five brothers, Mike (Thea), Pat (Judy), Scott, Brian (Erin) and Kevin; numerous loving cousins, nephews and nieces, and a host of in-laws and close friends who loved him, too.
He is preceded in death by his father, Ray; his uncle, Lyle Carlin; and his aunt, Harriet McCullem.
We will miss Johnny so much. He brought laughter and joy to every occasion. He warmed people's hearts with his kindness and love of life. He will always be with us.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at noon at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1335 Blaine Street, Port Townsend.
Remembrances can be made to either the Port Townsend High School Football Booster Club, 1500 Van Ness, Port Townsend, WA 98368; or WACAP (World Association of Children and Parents) at www.wacap.org, P.O. Box 88948, Seattle, WA 98138.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 26, 2011