Witzke Funeral Homes Inc.

5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD


John Peter Linton

August 12, 1947September 3, 2019

John Peter Linton was born on August 12, 1947 and passed away on September 3, 2019.


21 September

Memorial Service

3:00 pm

Owen Brown Interfaith Center

7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045


John Peter Linton

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Debbie Mukamal

September 20, 2019

John provided often lone leadership for so many years. We see his legacy in the thousands of college students now enrolled in prison s all over the country today. My professional life was much better because he was in it, and because we collaborated on several projects. His wisdom, gentle and humble leadership, and persistent dedication inspired me and many others. I saw that same grace in how he braved his illness. Our field has lost a true hero.

Stephen Steurer

September 19, 2019

John Linton is one of the finest people that I have had the pleasure of knowing. For well over 40 years John and I worked together in correctional education for the state of Maryland, for the federal government, for a national teacher's association and for criminal justice advocacy in general. There is no way to exaggerate how much I will miss him and his sage advice. Besides being a very brilliant man he was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and decent human beings I have ever known.

Jessica Ramakis

September 18, 2019

John Linton was a thoughtful, generous, and kind person. My deep sympathies are with his friends and family and all those whose lives he touched.

Curtis Kinnard

September 18, 2019

John always worked hard to improve educational opportunities for all students especially those in adult correctional facilities.

God bless the family, John was truly an advocate of education.

Sharon Miller

September 17, 2019

The entire OCTAE family mourns the loss of its dear friend and colleague, John. He will most be remembered for his steadfast advocacy for correctional education, career and technical education, and adult education; his soft and gentle manner; and his bright smile that lit up the office. We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to John's family.

Sharon Lee Miller

Diane McCauley

September 17, 2019

John will long be remembered for the far reaching work that he did on behalf of those whose lives he touched and changed through his resolve, dedication, and tireless advocacy for the field of juvenile and criminal justice. He shared his knowledge and fostered efforts even after leaving the Department. I knew John for some years before he came to OVAE/OCTAE. He was a champion for youth, and I often reached out to him to get his opinion and ask questions on issues …he always made time…he was a generous, intelligent, and dedicated colleague. John had a quiet endearing manner, warm smile, and one of a kind laugh. It is my deep prayerful hope that his family and friends will be comforted knowing how much he will be remembered and missed for the good man he was, for all that he gave, and for the long lasting impact his work and friendship will have. God Bless and Keep you, John!

Debra Suarez

September 16, 2019

John Linton was a thoughtful colleague in the US Department of Education. Whether passing in the hallway or stopping in the lunch room at the same time, he always had a smile and friendly word, and sometimes a funny story to share. When I think of him, I will always see his bright, sunny smile. I did not work directly with John, but we were in the same division. I understand that he was a model supervisor, supporting and respecting those who worked for him. We were lucky to have him here in the Department. He not only positively touched the daily lives of those he worked with, but his hard work and dedication touched the lives of adult students across the country. We will remember him always. My sincere condolences to John's family.

Sharon Harrington

September 16, 2019

I didn't know John very well but he was always kind to me when I needed help and I appreciated his soft-spoken manner. He always had a ready genuine smile for me when I was in the office and never made me feel as if I was interrupting his work when I knocked on his door to ask him a question. Godspeed to your soul, John, and peace to your family in knowing you had a well-lived life that touched many people.

Allison Hill

September 16, 2019

I will always remember John as such an amazing man, friend, and personality, dedicated to his family, work, and friends! He was the giant, quiet hero and professional in the room. He was completely dedicated to his work, and his record of excellence speaks volumes--always ensconced in the craft of his profession, he loved making a difference in the lives of others through his chosen field of work. More so, I will always remember him for being such a gentle and kind man; always exceptionally thoughtful, with such a loving heart--knowing how to put the vicissitudes of life into the proper perspective and living to the fullest. I will always be grateful for knowing and being in the company of such an outstanding man and friend. My deepest condolence to the Linton family and friends.

wendell washington

September 16, 2019

My deepest sympathy for the Linton family for their loss. Although his physical presence is gone, his spirit lives on in your hearts and in the wonderful memories of him.