May 6, 1941 - September 17, 2017
John was born and raised in Massachusetts where he attended high school and was a nationally ranked competitive swimmer. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961-1965 after which he graduated from the University of Massachusetts. He then relocated to California where he and Gee Gee raised their family in southern California. John ran a successful tropical fish importing business before leading an active retirement in Oregon.
An excellent pool player, he and two friends were honored with a Sportsmanship Award named for them. John possessed natural musical talents. He was also a trivia buff and an avid crossword puzzler.
John courageously battled cancer and its aftermaths for many years. Throughout the fight, he maintained an indomitable spirit and lively sense of humor. He lived by the motto of City of Hope Cancer Center in California: There is no profit in curing the body, if in the process we destroy the soul.
John is survived by his loving family, wife of 43 years - Gee Gee Walker of Medford, Oregon; children - Alexandra Vorbeck, Santa Monica, California, Lawrence Vorbeck, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Michael Walker, Seattle, Washington; grandchildren - Aaron Fleiss, Boston, Massachusetts; Devon and Patrick Martin; new light of his life great-granddaughter, Rose Martin, Boulder, Colorado; and sister Leigh Barton, Yorba Linda, Calif.
John is interred at the National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif.