John Lawrence Hoff
1935 - 2018
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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

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Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 4, 2018.
Celebration of Life
03:00 PM
at John's home
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June 26, 2018
John, my big brother . . . I miss you and I love you. You were a great brother. I remember you telling me the story of The Chocolate Soldier when I was little . . . you will always be in my heart. I should have said something sooner . . . but I just couldn't. Marion
Marion Pope
March 26, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 16, 2018
A life well-lived. Farewell, John.

I give you this one thought to keep.
I am with you still.I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone.
I am with you still in each new dawn.
~Native American Poem~
Judy Fey
March 6, 2018
Farewell, John. Your passing has triggered a lot of memories.
Jeff Acorn
March 4, 2018
John was an amazing person, an influence to so many. He had a far-reaching vision, of individuals transforming themselves, their relationships, and the world by collaborating in communities. John had a huge heart, and could be demanding of those around him. I am grateful for all I learned from John, and miss his bear hugs, twinkly eyes, friendship and wisdom.
Marjorie Gray
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