John F. Drynan

September 14, 1943May 2, 2021

John F. Drynan, 77, passed away on May 02, 2021. John was born in Portland, Oregon to Fred and Elizabeth (Farington) Drynan. Mr. Drynan was raised by his father and step-mother, Mildred, and four siblings in Portland. At the age of 17 he joined the military in hopes of expanding his worldview and visiting new places. He served as a US Navy Seal as an underwater demolition specialist and radio operator. John met his life partner in 1961 while working at McDonalds. They shared over 60 years together, raising a blended family to include 12 children and traveling across the world. John held a deep love of photography and at one point was the President of American Motorcycle Association in South Florida. He will also be remembered for his infectious laugh and dry sense of humor, and deep love for the children and grandchildren in his family. He loved Christmas and bringing joy to his family as Santa Clause for almost three decades. John was preceded in death by his father, Fred and birth mother, Elizabeth. He is survived by his mother that raised him Mildred; wife and life partner, Alta Hutton-Drynan; children, Jeffrey, Desirea, James R., Karyln, Deanna, Dawn, Jerry, Larry, James H., Georgia, Ken and Adam; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. John will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery.


  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021


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Patti (Drynan) Fry

May 12, 2021

We had a lot of good times with our brother. John was an amazing older brother.
On one occasion he took Donna, Mike and I to a local school parking lot in his little VW bug and let us all take turns driving his car. He took us on motorcycle rides, instructing us on which way to lean in curves and why it was important.
John will be greatly missed by his brothers Mike and Alan and sisters Donna and I.

John Jennings Jennings

May 12, 2021

I have so many great memories of John the earliest one of him riding his bike across the lawn and listening to records with my sister when they were very young about 63 years ago also when I asked him if I could go to the drive-in with them and I promised I would sit in the back they said John said that's what I was afraid of and the memories that I have of him caring enough about other people and being Santa Claus I was fortunate enough to have a picture taken of myself on Santa's lap and both him and my sister will always be the Santa's to me and I love him and will miss him so very much he was a great brother and a wonderful friend

Evie Arballo

May 11, 2021

One time when I was about 6-7 years old. Me and Seth came over to Grandmas and Grandpas. I forgot the reason why, but in the end Grandpa needed help with some work under the house. I remember him asking if there was spiders or joking around if there was a spider in our hair or in front of us. I am pretty sure I heard him humming a song as well. I can’t remember how it went though. I wish I knew, but in all it was a great memory.

Another memory of Grandpa, was whenever I came over to their house he would call me over to his office and give me paper and stickers. I loved to draw and I would always draw something for him and have my mom give it to him.
I later found out that I had my own file in his office FULL of my drawings. As well as some of my drawings hung up. He was the best.
I love you Grandpa,
Rest In Peace.