1955 - 2020
KING John A. King Died in the early morning hours of November 10, 2020. John, Dad, Uncle John, JAK and perhaps, most notably, "Grumpy," was born in New Rochelle, NY on December 27, 1955. Second son of Dr. James C. and Mary H. King, John was born premature and was subject to countless blood transfusions as an infant. The doctors said he was unlikely to experience any substantial mental development. John met his eventual bride, Maria Victoria Espina, in Bethesda, MD in the early 1970's. Thankfully, she forgave him for trying to street race on their first date and went on to create their legacy during 44 wonderful years of marriage. John and Vicky loved to travel and explore the world together and always welcomed others to join them on their adventures. John loved a good book and never turned down a cold one or a trip to "Mexico" for Keno. John had a larger than life personality. He valued family, friends, education, loyalty and hard work. John lived his life to the fullest with integrity, good will, justice and generosity. John was always there to lend an ear and was never shy to give an opinion or advice. John welcomed everyone into his home, whether it be for lunch, dinner, a night of drinks and darts or even a place to settle into for a longer while. He gladly accepted beer as contribution and only beseeched the lights to be turned off in exchange. John lived in cities across the U.S. such as Des Plains, IL, Bethesda, MD, San Francisco, CA, Philadelphia, PA, as well as the territory of Guam and the countries of Guatemala and Columbia. At the age of 12, John attended boarding school in England where he had incredible adventures such as flying, joyriding, rugby and shooting. He credits England as the place where he developed his ability to write so effectively and eloquently. While there he got to spend much time with his grandfather, Oliver, and always spoke fondly of their time together, whether it be at his house or the local pub. Upon his return to the United States at the age of 16, John enrolled at American University. Being in England for four years, John knew little about colleges in the U.S. and since Georgetown and George Washington Universities had accepted him without a summer school prerequisite, he assumed AU was the best and most challenging of the universities. John completed his undergraduate degree in just three years while working nights at a UPS distribution center and as a janitor. He then enrolled at Temple University Law School to pursue his passion for the law. After one too many apartment break-ins, John, at the behest of his new bride, Vicky, transferred to Georgetown University as a visiting student where he finished his final two semesters of law school. John began practicing law at the age of 22 and reached partner at a medium sized law firm in the Metro D.C. area. In spite of his early success, John had bigger aspirations and decided to begin his own firm in Rockville, MD, The Law Offices of King and Attridge, partnering duties with his close friend and colleague, the late Pat Attridge. Having his own firm allowed him to be free from the confines of a ridged, corporate structure and work comfortably in his worn leather jacket and holey jeans. He often humbly referred to himself as the "AV Preeminent "Hick' Rockville Lawyer". His indelible image will be missed at the beloved Anderson House where you could usually find him happily sitting on the porch working, reading or just taking a break from it all. John is survived by his beloved wife, Vicky, sons, John C. (Mary), Paul and daughter, Jennifer (Ryan Foy), as well as his quasi-adopted daughters, Ana Zuck and Alexandra Espina, his mother, Mary H. King of Florida, brothers, James King of Florida and Jeffrey King of Virginia. He also leaves behind his ever-adoring grandsons, Oliver and Brayden; along with an embracive list of sisters and brothers in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, Godchildren, and so many others that were blessed to know him. Our love for John is eternal and boundless, just as is the legacy he leaves behind. The family will communicate information regarding a memorial service which will take place post-COVID.The family will communicate information regarding a memorial service which will take place post-COVID.
Published by The Washington Post on Nov. 13, 2020.
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We are deeply saddened with the news of John's passing. My family will be forever grateful with him for his friendship, expert advice and sincere kindness and respect. John was greatly admired by my father Jose Maria, who passed in February, and my mother Amalia. We will miss him and will honor him for all that he has done to serve so many people. Our condolences to the King family. Juan C Salazar and family.
Juan C Salazar
November 21, 2020
John Stevens
November 17, 2020
I had known John for the last 25 years and he had been a trusted advisor and close friend. Always available and happy to offer advice in business and in life with warmth and humor. He challenged the norms, dug deeper, and made every argument more clear and solid. I owe him a lot both professionally and personally. He leaves a big gap in all of us but mostly in Vicky and his family that he loved dearly. You will always live in my memory, my friend. My deepest condolences to Vicky and his family.
Dimitrios Frantzis
November 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Kathy and Cliff Lathrop Bradington Florida
Catherine lathrop
November 14, 2020
Amy Alipio
November 14, 2020
Marivic and Family, Please accept my sympathies, and may your memories give you comfort.

I have many fond memories of our visits to Washington DC, and joking with John. I remember being a teenager, and with my midwestern accent asking him, "Oh, you are a lawyer?" which he retorted, "No, Monina, I am NOT a LIAR". LOL!

Clearly, he was a man of his word, and so well beloved.

May he rest in peace.
Monina Del Rosario Eppler
November 13, 2020
I was deeply saddened when I learned of his sudden departure from this life. He will forever be missed. I send my warm thoughts and loving hugs to Vicky, Jenny, Chris, and Paul (and their families). I share your sorrow and grief.

I just realized how little I know about John and, now, I admire him even more. I've never known anyone like him and I don't think I ever will. Larger than life indeed!
Bobby A.
November 13, 2020
Jen, I am sorry for the lost of your dad. I know how much he adored you and how much you loved him so dearly. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Phyllis Jackson
November 13, 2020
Elizabeth Spruill
November 13, 2020
John was one of my favorite people in the entire world. He challenged me both at work and in life and made me better at both. I will miss him every day and strive to live life in the way he did, with intellect, curiosity, humor and love. Knowing the huge hole he leaves in so many lives, my love goes out to his family, who was the most important thing in his life and made him the extraordinary man and friend that he was...
Lauren Martin
November 13, 2020
Chris (J) - we are unspeakable with regards to you and your families loss. John was a brilliant and incredibly funny man, dry as it may have been. Our deepest sympathies, Chris and Sasha
November 13, 2020
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