Obituary: John Everett Grider
John Everett Grider passed away at his home in Prescott, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2011. He was born near Greenfield, Mo., on Jan. 18, 1928, to John Austin and Edna Muriel (Everett) Grider. He graduated from Greenfield High School in May of 1946 - deferred from military service to finish high school. On May 23, 1946, he married Virginia Lee Lasater, also from Greenfield. They celebrated their 65th anniversary this year. To this union was born a son, David Charles, and a daughter, Johnna Lea.
In October 1956, John and Virginia left Missouri and moved to Phoenix, Ariz. There John started to work for Mardian Construction, a local company, which in the 1970s was sold to Perini Corp. from Framingham, Mass. He worked for the same company for 36 years before retiring in the fall of 1990. He was superintendent of the J Lawrence Walkup football stadium in Flagstaff, Ariz., and the Thomas and Mack basketball stadium at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., among many more prominent buildings.
John and Virginia traveled extensively to all 50 states, sometimes by motorhome. They also visited 48 foreign countries.
After retiring in 1990, John designed and built their home in Prescott and they continued to travel and be active in Prescott Christian Church. John also spent some years after retirement working with Habitat for Humanity and was a member of the Sunup Rotary Club.
He was preceded in death by his dad and mother and one grandson. He is survived by his wife Virginia; his son David (Cindy) of Flagstaff; his daughter Johnna of Prescott Valley; five grandsons, Robert Shaw of Prescott Valley, Scott Shaw of Bullhead City, Brian Shaw (Mandy) of Lake Elsinore, Calif., John D. Grider of Clarkdale, and Paul (Michelle) Grider of Phoenix; eight great-grandchildren, Sharidyn Shaw, Morghen Shaw, Jarred Shaw, Austin Shaw, Gavin Shaw, Jeremiah Grider, Joshua Grider and Evan Grider; three brothers, Jerry Grider of Kansas City, Mo., Carl Grider of Greenfiled, Mo., and Charles Grider of Cambodia; a sister, Maysel White of Wichita, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wants to thank Granite Mountain Hospice for such good care of John in his home since Jan. 11, 2011, and all of the good friends and family who have been so good to continue to visit him and be so helpful in his care.
Sunrise Funeral Home made arrangements for cremation and memorial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Prescott Christian Church, 501 S. Senator Highway. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's name to the church or to Pinehaven Children's Home, P.O. Box 940, St. Ignatius, MT 59865-0940.
Information provided by survivors.