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John Hunter English
March 30, 1936 ~ January 7, 2017

    John was born in Spokane on March 30, 1936, the first of 4 sons to John Charles and Elizabeth "Isabella" or "Izzy" (Hunter) English.  He grew up and went to schools in many locations as his father worked for the WWP (now Avista). He began school in a little one-room school at Long Lake.  He attended several high schools including Clark Fork in Idaho and graduated from North Central in Spokane.  Among his various jobs he worked for a while with the Department of Natural Resources.  He also spent two years in the United States Army where he was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the motor pool.  He spent the last 42 years of employment with the DOL of Washington State in various capacities both as an examiner and as a supervisor.   He is survived by his wife Marie "Sally", son Robert, daughter Anne Brangwin (John), granddaughter Marie Brangwin, brother Michael (Karen) and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nephews and nieces.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Tom and Denny English.   John was an active volunteer.  As a young man he was a volunteer fireman for Nine Mile Falls.  He worked with the JAYCEES in Colfax. He spent many years with Hospice of Spokane.  He and his family spent 23 years cleaning up their 2 miles of "adopted highway" down around the Rosalia rest stop on Hwy 195. He also spent many years volunteering with Spokane Audubon in educational projects and getting the newsletter ready for mailing.  He served as a judge for the Spokane Bus driver's Rodeo and worked for First Night of Spokane. But most of all he was loving son, husband, father, brother and uncle who always put his family first.  He is remembered for his sense of humor and his knowledge of how things work and the ability to fix things.   He spent 35 years planting trees or "building a forest", as he put it , mostly Ponderosa pine, in acreage he had in Deer Park. He loved to travel.  Some of his favorite trips were seeing the Polar Bears at Churchill, Manitoba, the Gray Whales and calves off Baja California, going through the Panama Canal and birding trips to Costa Rica and Peru.  The family is planning a memorial service to be held at the end of March.