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Obituary: Knighten, John F.

KNIGHTEN, John F. (Age 45) A Spokane City Firefighter bravely lost his three-year battle with Multiple Myeloma cancer on June 30, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father Jess and brother Jess Jr. He is survived by his loving wife Shawna; three daughters Ashley, Kasey and Kiley; his mother Sarah; siblings Judy, Robert, Chuck, Paul, Mark, Scott, Doug, Kim, Lisa, Eric, Phil; and many nieces and nephews. Also instrumental in John’s life were the McLeod family, Gary, Norma Jean, Mike, Andy and Erin. His laughter and gregarious smile will truly be missed by all. John served with distinction in the US Marine Corps. Life was always an adventure to John. He loved riding his motorcycle, boating, camping, road trips and anything he could make memories with his family. After 19 years of dedicated service, John was awarded the Spokane Fire Department’s Purple Heart medal on June 6 at the annual awards ceremony. He was specifically recognized for his courage and inspiration to all who ever had the privilege to work with him. A memorial service will be held at the Spokane Convention Center on Monday, July 8 at 1:00 pm. Please visit John’s on-line memorial page at to leave a message of condolence.