John Leo Weakland

January 16, 1958February 15, 2021

John Leo Weakland was born in Portland, Oregon in 1958.

He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Patty, in 1977. John loved aviation and had a successful career beginning in Oregon and hiring on with United Airlines in 1984 as a mechanic. United took him and his family to Colorado in 1987 where he climbed the management ladder to become an Operating Manager of Maintenance. John’s wish was to die at home and he passed away at home on February 15 surrounded by his wife Patty, son Bryan, daughter Erica and grandson G. John was a kind, gentle, quiet and loving husband, father and friend. He was so loved by so many. He would do anything for his family, and he did.

He is survived by wife Patty, their four children; Mark, Bryan, Andrew and Erica, and one grandson; Gary, whom he called “G”. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in John’s name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at and sign up to be a bone marrow donor at


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Erica Weakland

February 23, 2021

There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts- before this, and after this.

Dad I miss you more than I could ever put into words. Your death has left me with a hole in my heart. I wish we could have had more time. But I will be forever grateful for the years I had with you. I was your little girl, your Rae, and you were my hero, the greatest man I will ever know.

I will cherish the many memories we had. Our father/daughter vacations, meeting your grandson for the first time and pinning me at my nursing school graduation.

I was honored to be your bone marrow donor. I would have done anything and everything to have saved you. I am so angry that cancer took you from us. But I know you are in Heaven, free from all the pain and suffering you endured this past year.

I am heartbroken for everything that you will miss. But I know that even though you are gone, you are really not that far away. In the words of Catherine Prutton, you are in that “in between bit, that space where sky meets sea, in the whispers of the trees and the edges of my dreams. Close enough to almost touch but slightly out of reach. In the moon and in the stars, but never really far, and always, always, you are there inside my heart.”

I love you dad and I will miss you forever.

Kevin Roush

February 23, 2021

I will always remember John as being very thoughtful and kind. He had great advice for me when I needed it. He went out of his way to have my back when times were rough. Thank you John, you will be missed.

Virgil Gooselaw

February 23, 2021

I just got done reading through many memories from John's family, co-workers, neighbors and friends. All came from those who admired and loved John for who he was, his manor of life and what he stood for. Everything that is said of John is true.

I have known John for many years, and especially remember when he came to Denver. I always admired him for his kind, thoughtful demeanor and he was an excellent mechanic. Our association was mainly work related, so when I retired I would see him on an occasional visit to DIA or at a retirement get-together. He always met me, expressed kind thoughts and let me know all was well. He was a real gentleman.

Yes, John will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go with Patty and his family.

David Handley

February 23, 2021

John has been a Aquaintance, Supervisor and Friend for more than 30 year's.
As a Aquaintance he was easy going and quick with a laugh.
As a Supervisor he was easy to work with and "Steady as she goes " when thing's would get a little tense as they sometimes do.
As a Friend, we would talk about Life's issues and try to make sense of it all with a sprinkle of humor.
All said, You are a Good Man John Weakland and will be missed by many.

Debbie Tono

February 23, 2021

Such a gracious, humble man - he listened intently, gave honest, sincere and thoughtful responses, he chuckled and laughed with his heart and had a smile that was totally infectious. John helped me through a very difficult period and I am ever so grateful for his kindness. I am lucky to have had the opportunity and privilege of being mentored by John Weakland.

My sincerest condolences to his loved ones. May the memories of John comfort you all.

Lisa Hinchy

February 23, 2021

John and his family were my loving caring neighbors on Jasper way for many years. As we both raised families and often got together for bbqs or neighborly events I remember what a great employee at United he was and a super spouse n father. He raised the most wonderful four kids ever. I’m proud of them all till this day as we live miles apart. May God guide the whole family into his kingdom with love n support. Sorry I can’t make the day but sending Love to the family n prayers for healing. Lisa Brock Melissa Give Marc our love John 💕

James Valerio

February 23, 2021

John was a great coworker and even a better friend. John helped me when I made the transition from a technician to supervisor. John always listened to the conversation and provided feedback. He shared stories of his family and upcoming plans with Patty for retirement. John was a dedicated husband, father and grandpa, but he also loved his career with United and it showed. John my friend you will be missed!

Dave Beeler

February 23, 2021

John and I shared memories and experiences since he came to Denver, way back when, we worked gates together at Stapleton, he had a good attitude and could find humor in most situations, we did laugh a lot together, and he is missed.

Lew Wood

February 22, 2021

John was my operating manager on swingshift while I was a lead mechanic in T2. John was always available to listen to issues that occasionally arose during our shift, and help remedy the issue to keep things moving along. Also , while working the British Airway maintenance contract, John would be available to lend his support. John was a good manager, and someone I always counted on to smooth over the bumps. He will be missed by many.

Bryan Weakland

February 22, 2021

Heaven gained a new angel.

After a valiant struggle, my dad lost his battle with leukemia.

He put up one hell of a fight for more than a year. I couldn’t have endured the unimaginable pain and suffering he went through. During that difficult journey, he showed so much strength, courage, character and love. He never gave up. He wanted to live.

He suffered. Not just the chemo and clinical trials. So-called friends and family turned their backs on him. But several others stepped up at the time he needed them the most, including many members of his beautiful United Airlines family. And for that, I’ll be forever grateful.

My dad was my guardian Angel here on earth. Now, he’s my guardian Angel in heaven. Dad, I promise to take care of mom. You’re my hero. I love you. And I will always be proud to be your son.