John P. Adams died peacefully at his assisted living facility in Tualatin on Sunday, Dec. 18. He was one month shy of his 92nd birthday.
John was born at home in Walla Walla, on Jan. 22, 1920. His parents were Walter F. Adams and Margaret Paxton Adams; his sister Jane Adams Huetter preceded him in death. John was the descendants of pioneers who settled in Eastern Oregon, founding the small farming community of Adams, Ore. He graduated from high school in Walla Walla and went on to Oregon State University, joining the Sigma Nu Fraternity. John left college his junior year and enlisted in the Army Air Forces honorably serving his country during World War II, stationed mainly in England.
Upon his return to Walla Walla, he met and married Donna DeSpain on Aug. 17, 1946. They settled down and raised three children in the farming community of Athena. He farmed wheat and peas at the foot of the Blue Mountains before retiring back to Walla Walla. John was a 70-year member of the Walla Walla Country Club, where he and Donna enjoyed many years of golf and companionship. Every winter for over 30 years, they traveled with their golfing friends to Palm Desert. Donna preceded him in death after being married for 60 years.
He is survived by his three children, Sally Floberg (Bill) of Portland, Peggy McClendon of Beaverton, and John W. Adams of Pendleton; eight grandchildren, Erik, Margaret and Charlie Floberg; Laura Mabe, Molly McClendon and John H., Linnea, and Whitney Adams.
A private family dinner will commemorate his memorable life. In the spring, he will be reunited beside his wife in the Athena Cemetery. In his own words: "I had a great life and I had a great wife."
Donations in John's memory may be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society in Pendleton. xx