John David DeLaittre
December 19, 1940 – October 7, 2021
John DeLaittre, 80 years old, of Portland, Oregon (formerly Redding, California), passed away October 7, 2021.
He was born in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 1940. John graduated from Reseda High School in 1959. He moved to Vernonia, Oregon, in 1972 and lived there for 30 years. After retirement, he then moved to Redding, California, where he lived for 15 years. John spent his last years in Portland, Oregon, near his son John Jr.
John was married to Barbara DeLaittre (Bliss) on October 7, 1967, which was also the same day, 54 years later, that he passed away. He worked in construction as a plasterer for his entire adult life mostly in the Portland area. John had a passion for classic cars and golfing and was a member of Golden Valley Street Rodders. His love for classic cars was lifelong and a source of great enjoyment for him.
He was survived by his son, John DeLaittre, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Carla DeLaittre (Oregon), as well as his daughter, Stefanie Rabe, and son-in-law, Mark Rabe (Missouri). John also had six grandchildren: Amanda DeLaittre, Audrey DeLaittre, Noah Rabe, Gabriella Rabe, Julianna Rabe, and Matthias Rabe. He is survived by four brothers and sisters: Rita Messick (California), Larry DeLaittre (California), Ron DeLaittre (California), and Cindy Kennedy (Texas).
John will be remembered by friends and family for his kind and gentle ways, his encouraging words, his sense of humor, and his love for the Lord.
He will be laid to rest on October 16th at Vernonia Memorial Cemetery. There will be an online viewing of the brief service. An online memorial will take place at a later date (TBD).