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John Lawrence Hoff


1935 - 2018
John Lawrence Hoff Obituary
John Lawrence Hoff

John Lawrence Hoff, beloved teacher, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on February 14, 2018 at his home in Mason County surrounded by family and friends after being in Hospice care.

John was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, July 7, 1935. His father was part of the team building the Alaska Highway and John spent his early childhood years in the Yukon, a source of wonderful stories. He was graduated from the Canadian Nazarene College in 1959 and obtained a doctorate in Theology from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, in 1966. A post graduate program in Community Mental Health prepared John for his private practice in marriage and family counseling. John dedicated his life to community development and was the Executive Director of the Goodenough Community in Seattle until retirement in 2013. In John's words, "I have become a communitarian and believe that the influences that make us distinctively human come from participating in a community. I express my appreciation to the leaders, members and friends of the Goodenough Community. I have valued the opportunity to serve and teach spiritually, relationally and educationally helping people develop their fullest capacity." With a very big heart, John was a loving friend to many. John has left a vast legacy of teachings and he will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Colette (married 1980), sons David of Seattle and Larry of Burien, daughters Laura Young of Phoenix, Arizona, and Amie Aylward of Seattle. Three grandchildren, Sophia 11, Liliana 8, and Wiley almost 2, gave John great joy.

A Celebration of Life will be held March 17, 2018, at John's home in Mason County at 3:00 p.m.

Charitable contributions can be made to the Goodenough Community PO Box 312, Tahuya, WA 98588) and Providence SoundHomeCare & Hospice (4200 6th Ave SE Suite 201Lacey, WA 98503). Sign John's on-line Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 4, 2018
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