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John Lambert Feskens

March 27, 1970 - December 18, 2015

John Lambert Feskens, 45, business owner, engineer, and family man, passed away Friday, December 18, 2015 at his home. John was born in Medford, Ore. in 1970.

At an early age, John learned to enjoy fishing, an interest he shared with his mom. As he matured, John developed a shared passion with his dad of working on automobile engines, especially his dad's 1966 Ford Mustang. John always sought to get as much power as possible from any engine he repaired or built. His enthusiasm of mechanics led him to pursue an engineering degree at Oregon State University after graduating from South Medford High School in 1988. John earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, and later added a civil engineering degree and professional engineer license, with certification in several states.

John and two fellow engineers, Nicholas Jasper and Brian Kimball, subsequently aligned their talents in 1998 to form Alliance Engineering, a business in Salem, Ore. that specialized in the design of post frame buildings, both residential and commercial. Since January of 2015, John was the sole proprietor of Alliance Engineering, which made him extraordinarily proud.

John's love of fishing and powerful engines remained strong throughout his life, and recently culminated in the purchase of a custom-built 28-foot fishing boat, which he and his wife, Shannon, affectionately named “ACE,” in honor of their three beautiful children, Allie, Carlie, and Ethan. Of course, John insisted that the boat manufacturer install two outboard engines that were more powerful than they were comfortable mounting on the boat, but John informed them of his engineering background, and willingness to not only provide calculations, proving the boat could withstand the weight and horsepower, but also release them from any liability. John ultimately got what he wanted.

John will forever be remembered as a kind, hard-working, and respected business owner and engineer, a soft-spoken yet dedicated family man who deeply loved his wife and children.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Shannon; his children, Allie, Ethan, and Carlie; his mother, Diane; his sister, Wendy (Pat); his nieces, Krista and Makenna; and his nephew, Colin. He was preceded in death by his father, Cornelius (Cork).

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Peoples Church, 4500 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305.

In lieu of flowers, well-wishers are encouraged to donate to the Oregon chapter of the American Fisheries Society (www.orafs.org) or the Crisis Chaplaincy Services (www.ccschaplain.com). Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

John Lambert Feskens