OBITUARY

Rev. John D. Green, Sr.

January 17, 1947June 28, 2018
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Reverend John D. Green, Sr., of Stanwood, Washington, passed from this life to a life with his Father in Heaven on June 28, 2018. John was born January 17, 1947 in Flint, Michigan to Hubert "Bus" Green and Lois Green Watson. Shortly after his birth, Bus died as a result of brain cancer. Lois remarried Norman R. Watson. An avid organizer and tinkerer, John was known to say, "I can't believe it worked" after repairing, without formal training, anything from the family dishwasher to his computer.

John served as a pastor for the Free Methodist Church in Iowa, Kansas, and Washington for many years. After his retirement, he served to Officiate at weddings and funeral until his death.

John was preceded in death by both of his fathers, his mother, and his brother, William "Bill" H. Green. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Kay M. Green; sons, JD Green and wife Alison, Russell L. Green and wife Anna; sisters, Kathryn V. Hixon and husband Don, Sally J. Metzger and Husband Roger; brother, David M. Watson. He also leaves behind three beautiful granddaughters, Marlow, Emily, Edith; along with several nephews, nieces, and a great nephew. He will be remembered by the many whose lives he touched through his work and ministry.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM at Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 18, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Place of Rest, Reception
REMEMBERING

Rev. John D. Green, Sr.

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Heather Braatz

September 13, 2018

Rev. Green was my favorite pastor to work with. I always knew that when John was officiating the funeral or memorial, everyone would walk away from it smiling and saying, “That was the very best funeral I’ve been to.”
He’d always arrive 45 minutes early, pop in to use the facilities, and return to his car to meditate on the service before coming in to meet with the family. He always made me a copy of his script with cues when to start each song. He never spoke an unkind word about anyone; he was always thankful for coffee, no matter how poorly brewed. When asked if he would “dial down the pastoral part,” he’d officiate in a Seahawks jersey or Hawaiian shirt – whatever the family wished. Once, he even incorporated the departed’s favorite dance “Gangnam Style” into a service, resulting in an impromptu conga line! The last funeral I worked was for the sister of my mentor. We’d planned it together since her sister went on hospice. On the day of the funeral, John saved my skin: there was a freak windstorm outside and the power was knocked out at the beginning of the service! John chuckled, then he sang a capella, in the dark, the best, most heartfelt version of Amazing Grace.
I clearly remember John telling a story about Winston Churchill’s funeral. Per the Churchill’s directions to the funeral director, the service ended with a bugler playing “Taps.” But, at the very moment “Taps” ended, in the rear of the church another bugler began to play “Reveille.” The symbolism in the end of a day being answered by the beginning a new day moved me to my core. To this day, I am unable to withhold tears upon hearing “Taps” no matter how hard I may try. It reminds me of my father. It reminds me of my friend John Green. Every service with you was the very best funeral I’ve been to.

Jerome Barber

August 18, 2018

We at Wallin Funeral Home had Reverend Green officiate a number of services. He was absolutely the best! We miss you and will never forget you. Rest in peace, friend.

David Garrett

August 10, 2018

A huge, unexpected loss is even harder to accept then some horrible event that we know is on it’s way. For this reason, Pastor John’s sudden death is especially hard to wrestle with. John had an honest sporadic laugh, a quick wit, and a loving Soul. With John’s sudden death, we are reminded how important each day is. To Kay, Russell, J.D., and your entire family - we send you our prayers and sympathy. Sue and Dave Garrett

Leda Becker

July 25, 2018

We miss you so! I keep wishing to open my email and see one of your inspirational quotes that you would periodically send out to all of us funeral directors. You did this to keep our spirits up...it worked.

To Rev. Green's family...he spoke of you ALL the time. He was so proud of his kids, he loved his family so very much.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Matthew 25:21

Bill Ready

July 9, 2018

John's integrity, compassion, calmness, service to others and complete trust in Jesus was a rare combination in this world. I was a better person for having had him in my life and he is an example of life that I strive to achieve. When I grow up I want to such a man.
Bill

Alexia Manson

July 9, 2018

I worked at Bonney Watson as a family service advisor, that was over 15 years ago.
I remember Mr. Green’s wonderful smile, always positive and helpful.
I’m happy to have had the opportunity to know and work with Mr. Green.
Love and hugs to Mr. Green’s family at this very difficult time.

Nancy Hoult

July 5, 2018

We are all going to greatly miss Pastor John. What a character! He was definitely a great friend to all who knew him and loved him. One quick story that means so much to me personally. In 2011, John officiated a 10 Year Anniversary Memorial Service for the 911 victims at Purdy and Walters at Floral Hills in Lynnwood. I was the new location manager and I was nervous about the small crowd that showed up (we had seating for 200, but maybe 30 people attended). Just before the service was to start John said to me, "Nancy, don't worry. God will make sure those who need to be here today will be here." When the service was over, Pastor John and I met a woman and her son who had lost their husband/dad in the 911 attack in New York. She was so grateful that there was a service they could go to on the west coast because they didn't have the money to fly to New York. John's faith was amazing! He taught me a life lesson that day and I will never forget him. On a lighter note, he must have married thousands of couples over the years and I'd like to share a picture of Pastor John officiating my oldest son's wedding in 2014. The ceremony he put together was absolutely beautiful and my family will be forever grateful. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all during this very sad and difficult time. Rest in Peace Pastor John!

Clarence Bishop

July 4, 2018

We still cannot wrap our heads around this. Does not seem possible. John was such a good friend. We had different styles and gifts, but we complimented each other and he directed me in using my gifts. He had a great sense of humor. Now he and Darlene are up there telling jokes and laughing at us down here.

Sally Metzger

July 4, 2018

Tell Mom, Dad and Bill we love you all and miss all of you. Thank you for being my brother and friend.

Your "little sister", see you later.
Sally

Carrie Burgess

July 3, 2018

An incredible human who cared for everyone. He was a true blessing to all the lives he touched. You will be missed John. Thank you for making the world a better place.