He was born in Ronan, Montana to parents David and Mary Hall.
They moved to Spokane when John was eight years old.
He graduated in 1961 from Shadle Park High School, was in the Coast Guard Reserves, worked for the Montana Forest Service, was a draftsman for Washington Water Power and Stingle-Atwood in Spokane and a cable splicer for the telephone company before moving to Tucson, Arizona and later Phoenix as a consulting engineer for Acorn Engineering.
After retiring to Pine, AZ and designing and building two homes there, they moved back to the Newport area.
John is survived by his wife Susan (Kilian) of 46 years, daughters Kelly Goodman (husband Mark) of Phoenix and Keri Jones (husband Jack) of Priest River, four grandchildren; Jonathan and Sarah Goodman, and Nathan and Justin Jones, one brother-in-law William Kilian, a nephew Joey and a niece Nicole.
John enjoyed fishing, camping, attending anything that involved his grandchildren, RVing around the country and his church family.
He had a real love for remodeling, designing, and building homes.
A service is planned for Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3PM at the Church of Faith, 36245 Highway 41, Oldtown, Idaho, or call for directions 208-437-0150.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Gamma Knife of Spokane Foundation (509-998-9419) 1511 East 19th Ave. Spokane WA.
99203 or Patient Access Network (PAN) panfoundation.org (202-384-1474) SHERMAN-KNAPP FUNERAL HOME in Newport is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com