John H Mitchell

May 11, 1921October 14, 2012

John H. Mitchell died of congestive heart failure October 14, 2012 in Gresham, OR at the age of 91. He was born in Greenfield, MO and spent his childhood near Dove Creek, CO. John attended Carbon College in Price, UT. He also attended the University of Utah but left formal education to work for the New Remington Arms Plant in Salt Lake City, UT until he was transferred to the E.I. DuPont Corp. to work on the secret U.S. Government project at Hanford, WA. John joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served as a Fireman, First Class, aboard the USS Omaha and was honorably discharged in 1946. Following his discharge, he worked eight years as the head machinist for Schafer Brothers Saw Mill in Aberdeen, WA. In 1954, John incorporated MAR Hook and Equipment, Inc. In 1956, he opened Mitchell's Machine Shop in Aberdeen, WA. John received 16 patents in the USA and Canada for his automatic releasing hooks, log grapples, and various other equipment used in the logging industry. In 1978, he moved the MAR Hook production plant to Sandy, OR. In 1985, he opened Mitchell RV at the Sandy location, primarily selling travel trailers and truck campers. In December 1999, the businesses were closed after more than 45 years. John was an active member of the Methodist Church in Aberdeen, WA and Gresham, OR for more than 60 years. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 180 in Gresham, OR. In 1990, he served as the Commodore of the Tyee Yacht Club in Portland, OR. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gwen Mitchell, his sister Mary Ellen Blucher of Grand Junction, CO, his children JD (Bonnie) of Gresham, OR, Vaughn of Los Molinos, CA, Kathleen Hill (Bob) of Satsop, WA, and Kameron (Rosalie) of Vancouver, WA, nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. A public viewing will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20th from 10:00AM until 4:00PM at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham, OR. John's active life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service at the United Methodist Church, 620 NW 8th Street, Gresham, OR on Monday, Oct. 22nd at 11:00AM, with a reception following. His graveside service will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR at 2:00PM the same day. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association or the United Methodist Church, Gresham, OR.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 22, 2012
  • Commital Service Monday, October 22, 2012

John H Mitchell

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October 19, 2012

J.D. & Bonnie - Lou and I send our Lord's comforting love to you both at this time. I enjoyed getting to know John & Gwen just a little bit since we first met in 2001. May the wonderful grace of the Father be your abundant portion during these days.

Warmly - in Christ's abiding love,

Lou & Jim Devine

Patsy Nelson

October 17, 2012

Gary and Patsy Nelson remember John and Gwen and their leadership at Tyee Yacht Club. John was good people.

October 16, 2012

Dear Aunt Gwen and Family,
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family on Uncle John's passing. He was such a great person in so many ways. His wonderful family and major accomplishments stand tribute as a legacy that we can all aspire to. Hope to see you all soon. With very best wishes, Roger Borcherdt and family.

The Staff of Bateman Carroll Funeral Home

October 15, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.