PENSACOLA, Fla. - Dawn Deitman John, 86, of Pensacola, Florida, went to be with her Lord and savior Friday, April 16, 2021, with her family by her side. Her firm belief in God supported her throughout her life and gave her peace.
Dawn was born in Ranshaw, Dec. 20, 1934, a daughter of the late Florence Elenore Shickley and Earl Charles Levi Deitman.
She was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing, in Philadelphia.
She married the love of her life, Joseph Robert John Jr., in 1955, who preceded her in death.
Dawn was kind, soft-spoken and very much a lady. She was known as "such a sweet lady" by her aides at Azalea Trace. She was a constant presence in the community and in the work of Trinity Presbyterian Church. She was a Stephen's Minister and trained others. She volunteered at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, the church's prayer card ministry and much more.
She was an enthusiastic birder and adored her four grandchildren. She was always moving, always doing for others.We all called her "the titanium hummingbird" because she never sat idle.
Her children are especially grateful to their sister, Alison Ann John, who gave exceptional care to our mother during her prolonged final illness and to their brother, Joe John, who was her faithful companion. Special thanks to caregiver Doris Hall.
Dawn was the much loved mother of Stephanie John, Joseph R. John III, Alison John and Jonathan Blaine John (Jennifer). She was an extraordinary mother and grandmother. She will be much missed by her grandchildren, Charles Fancher and Kelsey, Annabelle and Blaine John. Her great-grandson is Henry Fancher. She is also survived by her sisters, Gayle Sandmeyer, Patricia Kroh and Claire Ives.
JOHN - Dawn Deitman John, 86, of Pensacola, Florida. A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3400 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola, Florida, with the Revs. Brian Yount and Frank Beall officiating. In lieu of flowers, consider the Alzheimer's Association, the Nature Conservancy or the National Audubon Society. Share your thoughts and memories with the family at the church or through the Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel at www.harpermorrismemorialchapel.com.