03/05/1938 - 05/11/2014
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LAUGHLIN, John W. (Age 76) John Ward Laughlin passed away on May 11, 2014 after a brave struggle with a long illness. John was born March 5, 1938 in Moscow, ID to Kyle and Marguerite Laughlin and grew up there with his sisters Kay and Helen Laughlin. He served in the U.S. Army in Verdun, France from 1956 to 1958. John graduated from University of Idaho in 1966 where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He married Nora Laughlin in 1984 and his children are Kirk Laughlin, Kyle Laughlin, Craig Landron and Lisa Green. John was a Kiwanis member for over 50 years, most recently in the Northeast Spokane Chapter, and is a past Lt. Governor (1987-1988). He took great joy in his many years playing Santa at the West Kiwanis Christmas Party. His other passions included: being part of the Beginning Experience leadership team, helping lead Landmark Education, serving as campaign volunteer for State Sen. John Moyer, serving as a Ham on Regal Player (1985-1988), and being a Toastmaster in Moscow and Spokane, WA. He was also a Master Gardner and an accomplished and avid photographer. In 2002, John started the company Empowering People with his wife and business partner Nora. John enjoyed being a part of the Washington State Residential Care Council (WSRCC) of adult family homes. He managed the business office and loved to talk to homeowners and students. John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Kay. He is survived by his wife, children and 10 grandchildren: Alysha, Mike and Albert Green; Caleb, Rebecca, and Samuel Landron; Morgan, Mason, and Jonathan Laughlin. And the newest one, five-week old Rory Laughlin. A saying he quoted often: "I am a gentleman ... and a gentle man." There is no finer example than John Laughlin. John's memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Heritage Funeral Home.

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June 5, 2014
Sweet dreams John. Your contributions will be remembered as will your smile.
Kriss McLaughlin
May 16, 2014
The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extends our deepest sympathies to the family of John W. Laughlin for your loss. We honor him for the service and sacrifice he has made for our nation, he is a true hero.
May 15, 2014
John was the embodiment of nice. His manner and his speech, his wise views and his teddy bear demeanor were so wonderful. I spent some time with John on the Past Lt Governor's Conmmittee and enjoyed so much every minute of his time. A huge loss to the family and to all of us. May peace be with all of you family members and may John greet us as we join him with our Father. Our prayers are for you and John.
Ron Riel
May 15, 2014
Myself and other employees of Seattle Children's Museum never had the privilege of meeting John W. Laughlin. Over the past couple of days I believe we have had a small glimpse of this man -- educator, businessman, gentle man, and Toastmaster/storyteller. Wrapping all of that together with the vision of embodying the Spirit of Santa, and my, what a vision of life well-lived, reaching so many. I trust the family will be able to be reminded of him each time they see someone else continuing his love and passions. We do have the privilege of working with his son, Kirk. I see those passions through his work in serving children and families of a community, on a daily basis. We extend our deepest condolences to Kirk, Nonnie, Mason, Morgan, Johnny and the entire family.
Donna Marie Bertrand
May 14, 2014
I remember John fondly, he gave many fine memories to enjoy, particularly watching him rehearse for Ham on Regal!
Neil Powell
May 14, 2014
Indeed there is not a finer example of a Gentle Man & Loving Soul. I am so lucky to have known & empowered people with John - Nora & family our hearts are saddened and over joyed that we have a new loving guardian.
Tim & Debbi Sharpe
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