John Arthur Ifft
John Arthur Ifft, 79, of Medford, Ore. passed away on January 5, 2014. He was born April 6, 1934 to Frances Willard Brown and Arthur Edwin Ifft, in East Stroudsburg, Penn.
John graduated from Stroudsburg High School and earned a BS in forest management from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in forest management from Oregon State University. He worked for 2 years with the U.S. Forest Service on the Plumas National Forest in California and 28 years with the US Bureau of Land Management in Medford, Ore.
During his tenure in the Medford District John designed roads, laid out timber sales and was the public relations manager for the District as well as the District Safety Officer. He was a registered professional surveyor and was also active in the community. He taught school children about nature and the life of the forest and was an active member of the Jacksonville Kiwanis. He designed and supervised the building of both of the Table Rock Trails and the Grizzly Peak Trail; he was the first to recognize the value of the Sterling Mine Ditch for recreation. While with the BLM he managed the YCC program and completed many successful projects.
John was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a Webelo and Boy Scout troop leader in Medford for many years.
John was a member of First United Church of Medford and sang in the choir for 50 years. He served as chairman of every commission of the church except one and was chairman of the Board of Trustees.
John had many hobbies including hunting, camping, wood working, gardening and river rafting.
John was 79 years old and was 3 months away from his 80th birthday and 2 months away from his 60th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Jenifer; son, Charles; and two grandchildren, Kevin Griffin and Melissa Ifft. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 607 W. Main St., Medford on April 5, at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to The Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, P.O. Box 1748 Medford OR., 97501 or Jackson County Alumni Association Scholarship fund at Oregon State University.