John Atherton Ayres Jr.

March 5, 1965May 4, 2018

John Atherton Ayres Jr. was born in Pleasanton, California on March 5, 1965 and died in Portland, Oregon on May 4, 2018 where he had lived for 21 years. John fought advanced lung cancer for four years with bravery, grace, and his tremendous sense of humor .John died as he lived surrounded by his beloved children and family. John was a man who loved every phase of his life from his wild high school days to seeing his children as teens and young adults. He relished every moment and lived each day to the fullest. He was a person who always saw the beauty in the world around him whether it was in the music he listened to or the natural world that he enjoyed exploring. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. John is survived by his children Molly and Jack; mother Emelie; father John; sister Megin; brother in law Cecil, nephews, Owen and Cole and the dog he loved so much, Lucy.

John was an amazing dad who loved spending time with his kids especially camping, hiking and outdoor activities. He also loved to make people laugh, to be with his friends and have a great time. The funeral will be Friday, May 18th at 3:30 pm at All Saints Catholic Church 3847 NE Glisan St. followed by a celebration of John's life and his kids at the Laurelhurst Club 3721 SE Ankeny.

While John battled bravely for four years, he had the benefit of and participated in clinical trials that helped push forward miraculous advances in lung cancer treatment. Donations to Providence: would continue this legacy.


  • Memorial Mass Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, May 18, 2018

John Atherton Ayres Jr.

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Ron Mart

May 18, 2018

My best memory of John was our 1st meeting.
Our sons were on opposing teams for the CYO 4th grade basketball city championship. I was running the scoreboard and John sat next to me doing the score book. Our team lost that day and there was a kid for All Saints who was hitting every shot....nearing the end of the game I commented, 'That kid travels every time he gets the ball.' John replied, 'Hey, that's my kid.' We shared a good laugh as Jack was the MVP of that game.

I was very fortunate to coach Jack for a couple of years of youth football and came to admire both Jack and his Father John. He was a funny, honest, good man.

I will miss him and will miss laughing with him about that first time we met.