John was born in Portland, Oregon on May 5, 1948. He grew up in Lakeside, Oregon and graduated from North Bend, Oregon High School in 1966. He spent many years working in the Oregon woods for Forestry following a tour in Vietnam. John moved to Glennallen, Alaska in the early 80’s with his family following in 1985. John traveled throughout Alaska managing construction projects. In the late 90’s John and Carla moved to Delta Junction, Alaska and John went to work for the Department of Public Works at Fort Greely, Alaska until he retired in November of 2014. After retirement, John continued working as a contractor at Fort Greely.
John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He is survived by; his wife, Carla (Parrish) Whitley of 45 years, his three daughters, Summer Fellows, Misty Lanegan and Windy Jones, his sister Brigit Farmer and brother Ted Whitley. Nine grandchildren; Adara Knighten, Tanner Knighten, Rainy Knighten, Katelyn Gene-Lanegan, Stormy Jones, Emma Lanegan, Breezy Fellows, Dylan Jones, Cannon Jones and two great-grandchildren; Kayzee Smith and Carsin Smith.
John was preceded in death by his father John Whitley.
At this time, there is no service date scheduled. The Family is planning a celebration of life in Alaska during the Summer of 2016.
Donations and condolences may be sent to: C/O Whitley – 51995 Big Creek Rd; Myrtle Point, Oregon 97458.