Thank you for getting back to me.
John died 10-23-22 in a hospital in San Diego. He had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a disease where the blood marrow cannot produce red blood cells. It is not a treatable form of cancer. I believe he was diagnosed over 2 years ago. He would receive transfusions periodically that made him feel much better. He had made a couple trips to Tijuana for a procedure to try to jump start his bone marrow red blood cell production using stem cells. On the second trip to Tijuana, he contracted pneumonia and had no resistance to it, and passed within 24 hours up in San Diego.
John was working on at least two books. One was pretty far along, as I understand he was waiting for permission to use graphic images. Subject: environment.
I saw John in Oregon – brief visits in 2020 and 2021 John had a house in Yachats, OR. I’m attaching a photo of us in 2020.
John was such an interesting character, had intense enthusiasms and pessimisms (the state of the environment mainly, right?), knew so many folks, and had close friends during his years in Silverton. I’ve never organized (nor believe that I’m the best one to do so) a “remembrance of life” or some such way to commemorate, share stories about somebody, but that seems appropriate for Johnny.
Juan was an old friend. He was a rogue, a poet, a writer, an explorer, a lover of life. He wrote books, charmed women and men. A hard man to define but if you were his friend you were his friend … He and I colaberated on a book that we spent three years researching, interviewing and writing.. Living and Dying in Avalanche Country. A book about snow, Hwy. 550 and the people that lived along it’s edges… We had a hell of a time together.. I’ll miss you Juan.