John Malone – September 24, 1934 – November 10, 2010
John achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from Oregon State University in 1958. Afterward, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in various locations including Iceland. In 1960, he received his honorable discharge and started working full time for the U.S. Forest Service. John began his new career stationed at the Spirit Lake Ranger Station at the base of Mt. St. Helens.
On October 22, 1961, he was married to his pen pal and sweetheart, Patricia Ann Chilton at Iowa City, Iowa. The young couple split their time seasonally between a new home in Longview, Washington and the ranger station at Spirit Lake. John was transferred frequently working in the Forest Service. Their various moves in the area included Vancouver and the Lewis River Ranger Station on the east side of Mt. St. Helens. In 1969, John and his growing family were transferred to the Sweet Home Ranger Station in Oregon. Finally, the family moved to Wenatchee in 1973.
After a career of 33 years working for the U.S. Forest Service, John retired in 1993 and started a business as a consulting forester. John had a passion for forestry and encouraged forest stewardship through his business and educational activities. John reached out to the community through his associations with the Society of American Foresters and as the president and founding member of the North-Central Chapter of the Washington Farm Forestry Association.