Posted by Julie Mainstone on December 20, 2021
Happy Birthday, Dad on what would have been your 76th birthday. I miss celebrating our December birthdays together and the family teasing you about your infamous sweet tooth. Some of your homemade ice cream sounds REALLY good right now! Yum. We miss you, Dad. ❤
Posted by Lisa Riedell on December 20, 2021
Happy Birthday Uncle John. I was just thinking about you this morning. ❤️
Posted by Sharel Dyer on July 27, 2021
Dear Husband,

It's been a year since you left this world. No more sickness, no more pain, but forever with our Lord. I hold this as truth.

I've wept, laughed, gone through many memories of pictures, videos, stories with our precious family and friends. I'm confident your jokes and laughter will always be a part of our conversations. Like in the poem THE DASH, your life was a big life.

You are in my heart - Forever Missed
Posted by Julie Mainstone on July 24, 2021
Hi Dad. I woke up this morning at 2:28 a.m. and thougt about last year, receiving the early morning call from Mom around this same time, telling Brian & I that we needed to come to the hospital. We rushed there, hoping to be able to let you know once again that we loved you...but you had already left this world and were in God's loving arms.
I know you are at peace now but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you and miss you. You were an amazing father and example of a God- loving Christian. I miss your advice, encouragement, and all the times you would remind me how much you loved and appreciated me. I feel so lucky to have been blessed with parents like you and Mom. Not everybody in this world is fortunate to have that. I just wanted you to know that I love you and I'm thinking about you. I miss my Dad.
Posted by Dwayne Butler on December 20, 2020
Hey Big Guy, I was just setting here thinking what I would love to do today and that is to come out to your place and swing on your big rope swing and eat you home made ice cream. It was the best.....see you soon,
Posted by Dwayne Butler on November 24, 2020
Hey John, I am sorry it has taken me so long in getting back with you but I have not been too well lately. It seems like just yesterday we had our last meal together here in Spokane at the big BQ house. We did like to get together for the breaking of bread, that was for sure. You were a wonderful friend and I looked forward to you coming over to my job in Monroe and telling jokes and hearing you laugh. All my employees enjoyed your friendship. Remember how we used to talk about the Lord's return and what was happening in the Middle East, and about the return of Christ. Well, you got a head start so I'll be looking for you at the front of the line when He returns. I know your family will miss you but so will all your friends.
Posted by Steven Brigance on September 12, 2020
John was one of the first people we met in the neighborhood. He always had a smile and story to tell, he was encouraging and a big part of our neighborhood gatherings. We will miss him. Our daughter also sends her best wishes. She remembers talking to him on her walks with Nash when she stayed with us. Our prayers are with his family.
Posted by Amanda Anderson on September 11, 2020
I met John when my sister and I started attending Life Community Church a few years ago because we were students at Northwest University. I didn't know him for very long but I was blessed by his kind smile whenever we passed him by. I had a just a few conversations with him, but I'm so very glad I did. My condolences to his family.
Posted by Lisa Riedell on September 10, 2020
Uncle John - what an amazing man. It was clear that he loved his family, neighbors and friends. So kind and generous - I truly don’t think he ever met a stranger! I never lived very close to Uncle John and family - usually half a country away - but I could actually feel his presence through all the distance. Such a kind & gentle soul - he was full of joy for life and in turn filled others with that same infectious joy. And laughter - you could not help smile when you talked with Uncle John. He had the ability to listen, validate you and put a positive spin on just about anything. The proverbial glass half full was actually 3/4 full with Uncle John.  

I remember as a child the first memory I have of Uncle John - Ice Cream. Our family was visiting and he made homemade vanilla ice cream. I remember being in the kitchen, laughing, having fun watching him make it. Happy summer day - and such a happy memory. I recall I thought he was a genius at the time! To this day, vanilla ice cream brings me back to that kitchen, the happiness of that that day - Uncle John.

Uncle John will be missed. He was loved and gave love unconditionally. He was a gift to the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you now Uncle John, Aunt Sharel, John and Julie and their families. 

Posted by Katie Brand on August 29, 2020
We will miss so many things about John, but most of all his huge smile and continuous optimism, even in dealing with his ALS. We were privileged to be in a care group with John for many years and always appreciated his knowledge of the Bible and great story telling. He was just a great human being and we will miss him so much.
Brian and Katie Brand
Posted by Craig and Darla Brand on August 26, 2020

John and Sharel have been an important part of our life since they moved to Kirkland in 1978. John had an amazing love for the Lord and people and longed for every one he came in contact with to accept Jesus as their personal savior so they could share the peace and joy in the Lord that he experienced and one day join him in heaven.
John loved prophecy and went on several archaeological digs in Israel. He would light up whenever end times were talked about and often wept when sharing about one day worshiping God around the Throne of Glory.
John and Sharel were an important part of our Care Group Bible study for decades. We always appreciated John's insights and knowledge.
Craig and I looked forward to a show and dinner on Saturdays for years. As John became less mobile those Saturdays changed to cooking dinner together and watching movies at their home.
We feel very fortunate that we were able to travel to Italy with them in 2013 and see the great Utah parks on a road trip in 2015. Wonderful memories.
John loved his family and always put them first. He also always loved, accepted, and prayed for our family and referred to our girls as his daughters. They knew they were loved by John and Sharel.
John, we know you are in heaven now worshiping at the feet of Jesus. We know you have spoken to the Apostle Paul and held our baby girl Summer on your lap. We miss you John and thank you for all the wonderful memories. We look forward to seeing you again in heaven. We love you, Craig and Darla
Posted by Misti Bailey on August 25, 2020
I work with John's daughter, Julie. I never had the occasion to meet John (although we were frequent buyers of his awesome product, Dyna-Wipes) but knew him through Julie's stories and photos. I don't know of a closer-knit, more loving and supportive family. Julie is an amazing person and the more I hear of John's sense of humor, care for others and great laugh the more I see him in Julie and know that his qualities were shared with his children and grandchildren. Heartbroken for this beautiful family. Love, Misti & Travis
Posted by Bob Goodman on August 24, 2020
I first met John when he married my sister Sharel fifty-five years ago. From the beginning it was apparent that this was a special young man. Over the years he has proven to be more than special.
We live in Michigan, so visits were sporadic. Yet each visit was a Joy. As my family grew so did the number of those who loved and appreciated him. He was truly a member of the family. We will truly miss him.
Posted by Gill and Patti Weaver on August 21, 2020
Everyone will agree that John was a bigger than life person. He was always so positive and upbeat even through the years he lived with ALS. We remember the many years of Bible study together and John’s deep knowledge of prophecy and his love for Jesus and his willingness to share that love with everyone. One day we arrived at John and Sheryl’s house and John, was out in the street in his wheelchair, talking to two little girls about Jesus. This was the type of person John was, a person who cared deeply about others no matter how old or young. It has been an honor to have known him for all these years. He has been an inspiration to all of us who knew him and he will be greatly missed.
Posted by Jan Moo on August 20, 2020
I had the opportunity to meet John & Sharel back in 2013 as they had their Dynacco business located on the property when I started working for the owner of the warehouse. I loved to talk to John when he came into the office with his many stories. He was very interesting to talk with and almost always left with one of his funny jokes. I was saddened for both him and Sharel when he knew what his future would bring and he was forced to give up his business and leave our warehouse in Monroe. Many thanks to Sharel for bringing John by the office to visit us not long ago. My thoughts are with Sharel and John's family during this most difficult time. John will certainly be missed!

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