Longtime Alaskan, John City Contento, 76, handed absent on May 11, 2021. He was born April 29, 1945, in Fairbanks, the son of John D. and Eleanor (Sarwin) Contento.
Johnny grew up in Fairbanks and was an avid sportsman. He liked participating in baseball and hockey, and preferred to downhill ski, and water ski at Harding Lake.
John graduated from Lathrop High University in 1963 and lettered in hockey.
He attended the College of Puget Seem in Tacoma, Washington, where he was active in the Kappa Sigma fraternity. John labored highway design in Alaska during his university summer time breaks. He graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor’s diploma in small business.
In the late 1960s he joined the Alaska Air Nationwide Guard and was stationed at Kulis Air Countrywide Guard Foundation Anchorage. In the course of his services in Anchorage, he produced quite a few near relationships with mates and met his very first spouse, Donna, in 1970.
John and Donna had been married in Fairbanks in September 1970. They welcomed two kids, Nick and Angela, born in August 1972 and March 1975, respectively. John managed the Northward Shoe Retailer in downtown Fairbanks for 20 a long time. In 1989 he switched professions and turned a authentic estate appraiser. He was qualified as a Senior Residential Appraiser (SRA) for 15-furthermore a long time, retiring in 2007.
John was a fantastic storyteller. He would convey to tales of his childhood in Alaska and travels to significantly absent Illinois and New York City. On a vacation to New York in the early 1950s, he claimed that he and his mother had gone all the way up into the torch of the Statue of Liberty. His large faculty and college or university tales captivated loved ones and friends. In a single of these tales John inadvertently took a guitar clinic when sitting down upcoming to a young Jimi Hendrix while on an hour-extended bus trip. He experienced tales about his time in the Alaska Air Guard, exactly where he went all about the condition, from Shemya in the Aleutians, to Utqiagvik on the North Slope.
Hockey was a huge portion of his early adulthood and he performed in the Fairbanks senior men’s league for quite a few decades. He also savored participating in golf with buddies about Interior Alaska.
John was king of the ski holiday. He liked a good skiing excursion with his household. No matter if it was California, Colorado, or Alyeska, he usually designed it a issue to go each individual yr or two, even into his 60s.
As a enthusiast of tunes, the two playing and listening to, he cherished fantastic melodies. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s he loved the audio of these eras. Even though in faculty, he was lucky to “see” the Beatles reside in concert, but mentioned you could not really listen to them with all the screaming heading on. He learned to play the guitar and piano as a younger gentleman and loved enjoying in unique bands all over his college and adult daily life.
In the early 2000s John achieved his second wife, Cathy. They fulfilled his longtime aspiration to are living, perform, and at some point retire to Southern California (Carlsbad, San Diego County). He and Cathy liked to holiday all over Southern California and Las Vegas. All through his time in California he was delighted to welcome his two grandsons, Riley and Benjamin to stop by them. They would have great adventures with each other at Disneyland, Legoland, and Sea World.
Soon after Cathy’s passing and owing to his very own declining health and fitness, John inevitably moved to Mountlake Terrace, Washington, so he could be closer to his adult children and grandsons.
Predeceased by his father, John (Significant John), mother, Eleanor, and wife, Cathy. Survivors include his brother Gary (Janis) of Alaska his son Nick of Seattle his daughter Angela of Lake Forest Park, Washington, and grandsons Riley and Benjamin his stepdaughter Camille of Oregon his nephew Antone of Idaho his niece Gabrielle of Oregon.
Released by Day by day News-Miner on Jul. 25, 2021.