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1921 - 2018

John D MacEvoy "Bud" passed quietly at 8:10 a.m. 12/29/2018 at home in Eureka CA at 97 years old. His wife Barbara and family were with him his last day.
John was born in Orange, New Jersey in 1921. He went to Columbia High School. After the Depression, his father Warren took sons John and Doug to work a gold mine in Kingman, Arizona. John had many colorful stories about this time including blacksmithing, dynamite, and the Wild West.
With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, John joined the Army and served as lieutenant in the South Pacific. He earned several medals for distinction during his service, including 2 purple hearts. He loved to tell a story about needing a leg amputation, but at the last minute they decided to try to this new experimental drug, penicillin, and it worked. During a leave, he met the love of his life Barbara at the Biltmore Hotel lobby, and they were wed in Los Angeles when he returned in 1945.
John went to USC, hoping to write the great American novel. He decided to leave school and join the workforce, although his joy and skill at writing were something he used often for the rest of his life. John worked a few jobs in southern California and ultimately landed at Pacific Maritime Association, where he worked as area manager until he retired at age 62. His time at the waterfront with the shipping community and the longshoremen was a source of many colorful stories.
In 1990, John and Barbara moved to Cutten, California and enjoyed a very active and full retirement. John was an active member at Baywood, where he golfed three times a week with various foursomes. He has many trophies in his house from his success at tournaments. John also had a passion for woodworking, which he did all of his adult life. His attention to detail, dovetailing, and love for a satin smooth surface will always be remembered with his furniture. John and Barbara have always been active volunteers for the community, including Friends of the Library and John's recent term on the Grand Jury.
John was a character in many ways. He loved to spin a good story, with the gestures and pauses of a professional actor. He loved to sing or whistle a ditty from the '40's and loved to sing-along with the crooners. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He adored his grandsons and enjoyed most working on projects with them in his garage or bragging about their lives. Up until his last year, he loved to boast about his age and his full function, working in his shop whistling, doing the NYT crossword in ink, recalling names and stories from his past, and driving to dinner at various restaurants in town where they knew his name and his stories. John was also an animal lover, with stories of pets and animal rescues from his past.
John will be missed and remembered by many. He is survived by many beloved family members: his wife Barbara; son Bruce and wife Jan; daughter Bonnie and her sons Ross and Ryan and wife Lucy; and children of his siblings Bette and Doug in Vermont, Texas, Colorado, Los Angeles, and Santiago, Chile. Many thanks to Hospice of Humboldt for their attentive and devoted care, to Timber Ridge for the comfortable space and care as well, and to the many visitors and friends who have honored John before and after his death. He felt loved and supported by all and was always very outspoken about his fondness and appreciation for these wonderful people in his life.
Donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Humboldt or to the under-construction National Museum of the US Army (https://armyhistory.org/contact-us/).
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Feb. 3, 2019
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