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Featured Cacher For September 2008 - ljtxhiker


ljtxhiker of Lake Jackson, TX.
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This month we dedicate our Featured Cacher article to a lost member of our geocaching community, John Thayer, ljtxhiker. Many cachers were fortunate to have crossed paths with him and would agree that he will be greatly missed.

JOHN "EASY" CHARLES THAYER11 May 1946 - 13 August 2008


John joined God's team of angels on August 13, 2008 as a result of complications from cardiac bypass surgery. John was allowed to remain here with us many times in the past, overcoming health issues including cancer and a previous cardiac bypass, to fulfill God's plan for his life.

He is survived by his loving children; Scott, a Senior at Texas Tech and Kara, a Junior at Brazoswood High School, the Mother of his children, Terry Cummings, and his partner and sweetheart over the last three years, Kay Rainey. Serving, teaching and leading in many aspects, John had a multitude of friends who will miss him greatly.
John's greatest joys in his life were his children, Scott and Kara. John never missed any of their activities from Boy Scout camping trips and treks to Philmont and years of soccer, softball, baseball, roller hockey and football games to dance competitions and recitals. He glowed when interacting with his children. He was so proud of Scott earning his Eagle Scout rank and Kara being selected a Brazoswood Belle Military Officer for 2008-2009.
John retired from Dow Chemical after 34 years of service. He enjoyed the outdoors and serving the community as a Master Naturalist, Boy Scout Leader (Troop 394), member of the Lake Jackson Parks and Recreation Board, and was active as a bird bander through the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. As a tireless volunteer John served as Executive Director of the Texas Ski Council, several positions with Space City Ski Club, and Z-Krewe.
John loved volunteering at the annual Galveston Sand Castle competition and golf tournaments around the Houston area. He loved hockey games, geocaching, and birding. He was a beacon of light and sunshine for all who knew him, always jumping in to ""be there"" for whatever! Loving life and the journey he took, John will be remembered in our hearts always.

Born in Britton, South Dakota to Mearl and Marion Jane (Stiteler) Thayer, who proceed him in death, John enjoyed wonderful school and college days filled with scouts, playing football, going to Boy's State, being selected to All-State Band, and honing a golf game and snow skiing technique that was the envy of many. An infant sister, Mary Jane Thayer, also proceeds him in death. John graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. A memorial service and celebration of John's life was held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Columbia on Saturday, August 16, at 4 p.m. A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.
John would be pleased if donations would be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (103 W. Hwy 332, Lake Jackson, TX 77566), The Boy Scouts of America (Bay Area Council, 3020 53rd St., Galveston, TX 77551), or the Brazoswood Belles Scholarship Fund (Brazoswood High School, Clute, TX 77531).

We would like to thank John's physicians, nurses, technicians and staff at the CVICU at the Methodist Hospital, Houston, for the loving supportive care and comfort given to John and us. This coming spring, Scott, Kara, Terry, and Kay will travel to South Dakota and visit John's boyhood home and spread his ashes in The Black Hills returning him to the earth in a way a Master Naturalist would surely appreciate.

God bless and keep you, John.


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Baytown Bert
Mar 11 2013 03:55 AM

Well, that is just sad, but the man lived a full life.  God bless.