John Wesley DeYoung, 76

| October 27, 2020 5:35 AM

John Wesley DeYoung passed away Sept. 27, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz.

John was born Dec. 27, 1943, to John Wesley and Mary Louise DeYoung, and he grew up on the family cherry orchard on Flathead Lake.

He was married to his high school sweetheart, Linda Lee Dickson, for 51 years until her passing in 2014.

He was married to Myrna Jayne Hinton (M.J.) for six fun-filled years until his passing.

John graduated from the University of Montana with a business degree and worked for the U.S. Forest Service, retiring at 55 as the administrative officer for the Kootenai National Forest in Libby.

He spent winters in Mesa, summers in Libby and spring in Maui, Hawaii with M.J.

Friend, husband, father and “great and grand” father, he enjoyed having fun in any situation. He had a sharp and clever wit and strived to stay busy and make the most of his life.

John was preceded in death by parents John Wesley and Mary Louise, and first wife Linda.

He is survived by wife M.J. and her children, Chad (Mona) and Darren (Kelly), and their children and grandchildren.

He also is survived by sons Sean Terrance and John Darrell (Jodie); grandchildren Steven (Breezie), Brandon and Terran; and two great-granddaughters, Camryn and Aubree.

He also is survived by brother Gary (Mary), sister Nancy and many nieces, nephews and friends.

There will be a celebration of John’s life in the summer of 2021 in Polson, where he will be buried.