Northwest NEWS

June 15, 1998

Local News

Obituariy: John Christian McMahon


John Christian McMahon

   John McMahon, born November 18, 1942 in Seattle, died June 8, 1998 in Everett. He is survived by his loving wife Joan; sons Todd and Travis; daughters Teresa and Toni Fike; grandchildren Nichole, Rebecca, twins Sophia and Sabrina, Aaron, Adriana, Alyssa, also Amber, Alysha, Ariel, Keven, Jamie and Justin; two brothers, Jim and Jeffrey; sister, Diane; also a son, Brian Johnson and two daughters, Vickie and Kerrie Johnson; two aunts, sisters Roberta McMahon and Edith Gossan, an uncle, Harold Andersen; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his loving parents John and Helen of Hollywood Hill.
   John went to Northshore schools for 12 years and Everett J.C. one year. As a boy on the farm, he was a boy scout, a member and president of the 4-H Club Hollywood Hilltoppers. His horse Mickey foaled four colts, all of which he helped care for and rode. He belonged to the Hollywood Hill Riders Club. John loved to ride, swim, dance and was interested in old cars.
   He once traded two bicycles for a 1939 Plymouth, and customized a 1956 Chevy convertible. He worked at janitorial maintenance, and, after managing a Kirkland laundry, he drove laundry and dry cleaning trucks at Prim Laundry in Seattle. He then moved with his family to Zillah where his first job was driving a school bus for handicapped children. He also operated the equipment in the milking department of a large dairy. He then worked for Top Irrigation. Moving back to Seattle, John sold janitorial supplies at Packer-Scott Co. (where his father worked.) Then moving to Everett, he became the housekeeping superintendent at Providence Hospital where his wife worked.
   When John was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he had to quit working. He and his wife moved to Arlington for a short time before coming to live in the house next door to his parents, where he lived, until he was moved to a nursing home in Everett .
   "Johnny" as his many friends and family called him, was a wonderful son, father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend to all. He will be missed by them all. Burial was in the Woodinville Memorial Cemetery, followed by a memorial service held at the Woodinville Community Church, on Friday, June 12. Remembrances may be made to the John C. McMahon Memorial Fund c/o Woodinville Community Methodist Church, 17110 140th N.E. Woodinville, WA 98072.