November 26, 1935 ~ June 2, 2019
Born in: Gooding, Idaho
Resided in: Arvada, Colorado
John Daniel “JD” Green, age 83, peacefully passed away surrounded by family Sunday evening, June 2, 2019 after a prolonged battle with Lewey Body Dementia.
He was born November 26, 1935 in Gooding, Idaho to Thelma Dolly Kirtland and Leland LeRoy Green. He is the eldest of 4 children. John spent his youthful years growing up on a farm in Hagerman Valley Idaho. He attended Hagerman High School and upon graduation, he joined the Air Force and did a tour of 4 years where he was stationed in California; Biloxi, Mississippi; Midway Island; and San Antonio Texas where he met his sweetheart, Shirley Marlene Shuler. They were married on December 27th, 1958 in San Antonio, Texas and shared 60 ½ years of blissful marriage. After he got out of the Air Force in September of 1958, they moved to Provo, Utah where he attended Brigham Young University (BYU) and later transferred to Utah State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Forest, Range and Wildlife Management, with a Major in Fishery Management. After graduating from Utah State he became gainfully employed by the Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife service as a Wildlife Biologist/Manager eventually specializing in the Endangered Species Program. His career took them to many different parts of the United States. The states/cities they lived in were: Springville, Utah; Ft Worth, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Falls Church, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Gambrills, Maryland; and finally Arvada, Colorado where he retired in 1994 after 36 years of Federal Service.
During those years John and Marlene welcomed three children to their family; Brent LaRon, Darla Kae, and Shari Dawn who currently have all settled down and live in the Denver Area. They have ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren with two more on the way. He was so very proud of his family. John enjoyed the picturesque Colorado Mountains where he spent his time camping, fishing, attending Rockies games and enjoying life to the fullest with his family. He was a very faithful and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his later years Marlene and John served as Senior Missionaries for their Church in the Denver North Mission. John was a gentle man, with a kind spirit and a great love for people.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; his sisters, Beverly (Randall), Linda (Dee), Cheryl; three children, Brent (Mendy), Darla (Scot), and Shari (Bill); ten grandchildren, Nicole (Richard), Corey (Jessica), Dustin (Angela), Michael, Travis, Austin (Jen), Karlee (Trent), Sheyane (Devin), Ryan and Cody; eleven great-grandchildren, Marcus, Elaina, Tyleigh, Hailey, Jeremy, Brodie, Steele, Talan, Kasen, Bowen, Wyatt and two more on the way.
Visitation is on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado 80003.
Funeral Service is on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Alkire Building, 12995 West 72nd Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado 80005 with interment following at Arvada Cemetery, 5581 Independence Street, Arvada, Colorado 80002.
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