Originally Published: September 13, 2018 8:14 p.m.
John C. Atterholt, 63, passed away on Aug. 30, 2018. John was born in Dover, Ohio, on June 15, 1955, to William and Marjorie Atterholt.
He started traveling with his family at a young age, as his father was employed by the National Park Service (The Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado; Big Ben National Park, Texas; Saguaro National Park, Arizona; and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area-Lake Powell).
Following high school in Page, Arizona, John continued his education and graduated from Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A short time later, he obtained his private pilot’s license.
His employments led him to Arizona, Nevada, Saudi Arabia and Alaska, before settling down in Prescott, Arizona. John was the Director of Maintenance at Arizona Air-Craftsman in Prescott, for the last 20 years of his career.
John’s passion for the outdoors, nature and adventure inspired his life; flying solo over the Alaskan wilderness, scuba diving in the Red Sea, soaring on thermals while hang gliding, skiing challenging mountain trails, hiking and camping in back-country, boating on Lake Powell, fishing rivers from Vermont to Alaska, snorkeling and body-surfing in the oceans of Maine, California, Hawaii and Mexico.
What moved John’s soul the most was riding his Harleys and “putting on the miles” (263,000 over 40 years). He never tired of traveling on two wheels. John and wife, Wendy, had many remarkable Harley adventures, exploring much of the Western U.S. while braving the elements.
John’s love for his family was unsurpassed. He was a dedicated father; supporting, teaching, and encouraging his daughters, Jaima and Molly, through life experiences. He was so proud of his girls.
John is survived by Wendy, his wife of 35 years; daughter, Jaima (and husband, Jeff); daughter, Molly Jo, and 8-month-old granddaughter, Rylee Johnna (who put a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye every day).
He is also survived by brother, Joe (wife, Kristy); sister, Janet; sister, Judy (husband, Chris); and many nieces and nephews.
Battling a rare debilitating illness the last 8 years of his life, John expressed to his family, “This is the hand I was dealt and I will play it the best that I can.” AND HE DID.
In memory of John, family suggests: Have An Adventure!
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