John Robert McCracken

March 16, 1933May 4, 2021

John Robert McCracken was born March 16,1933 in Shenandoah,IA to Cecil and Christine McCracken. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Reverend David McCracken of Sonoma, CA, son David G. McCracken of Aurora, CO, and great grand baby, Dylan Duran, of Greeley, CO.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marline McCracken, daughters, Lorri (Ellie) Duran, Kathy (Nathan) Stone and Annette (Jack) Lorenzini, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren, who he adored greatly.

John taught math in the Aurora Public Schools from 1955 - 1988. After he retired from teaching, he became very active in his community, serving four years on Aurora City Council, and volunteering at Parker Adventist Hospital, the Red Cross, H&R Block, and countless other civic, church, and non-profit organizations. He also jumped into his role as full time grandpa with both feet by helping homeschool some of his grandchildren (he knew a thing or two about math), and helping anyone else that needed help with homework, budgeting, and taxes. He was an avid sports fan who loved watching his grandchildren play baseball, softball, football, soccer and participate in martial arts, and any other activity they might be involved in. He also loved watching the Colorado Rockies, from his recliner at home.

John loved people and loved deep conversations with all. He was always ready to tell a joke, offer great wisdom, or just sit and listen intently. He cared deeply for others and extended generosity to those in need. He taught so many the importance of giving back.

His favorite pastime, other than supporting his family, was people/prayer watching. “PW-ing,” as he called it. His favorite spots were King Soopers parking lot and Red-tailed Hawk Park. He would treat himself to McDonalds or Wendy’s 4 for 4 with Marline and sit in his van watching and praying. He frequently made friends with the employees who gathered shopping carts and would have conversations with complete strangers to give encouragement.

John was a man of great faith. He was humbly grateful for the gift of salvation that he never took for granted. The love and support he exemplified, the humor he shared with others, the wisdom he bestowed, and the integrity he displayed...his legacy ... will live on in the hearts of his family and those he affected. He will be greatly missed and remembered forever.


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Julie Palmer

June 4, 2021

The McCracken and Kuckelman families grew up two houses from each other. on Lima Street. The McCracken house was my second home and they were my second family. John McCracken retired the same day our dad (also John) retired from Aurora Central and we celebrated them in a joint retirement party. One time both John's went on a trip together in John McCracken's camper to visit his family near Bloomfield Iowa, and drove through Mt Pleasant Iowa to visit my brother and his family. I always admired his love of traveling in his camper truck to see new sights.


May 19, 2021

I served with John on Aurora City Countil. He was a great council member and cared about people. He was a very sweet and gentle person. He will be missed by all who knew him

Lynette Warner

May 14, 2021

Miss Marline and family I am so very sorry for your loss. I have such great memories of you guys at church and Sunday school . You always were so good at teaching us. Loved my time with you. God's blessing

Vickie Brown

May 14, 2021

Marline and family,

I just learned of John’s passing. I’m sorry for your loss and am lifting you up in prayer. My memory of John is his beautiful smile. His eyes would light up and twinkle!

Sending hugs,


Della (Teachout)Staples

May 13, 2021

Marline and families

You are all in my thought and prayers. I know it is very hard to lose
John. He lived a long full life and will be missed by many people.
John was a classmate of mine. We graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1951.
I always admired him.

Della (Teachout) Staples.

Francoise Bergan

May 13, 2021

I am very saddened to hear of John’s passing. My deepest condolences and prayers to Marline and their entire family.

John served on Aurora City Council for four years after he retired.and shared his valuable wisdom John was a supporter of mine as his city council representative. He even attended my Town Halls, which I greatly appreciated.. He was a kind and thoughtful person whom I will miss. I thank him for his service to our city.

Bob & TJ LeGare

May 12, 2021

Our deepest condolences, Annette and Jack, and the entire family on John's being called home by the Lord. John served a term on City Council and became a colleague and friend. On our first anniversary a couple years ago, John came to a city council meeting and during public comment wished us a long and happy life together. We still have the video clip of that on our cell phones. He was truly a gentleman. He will be missed.

Kris Masters

May 12, 2021

Mr McCracken was a very kind, generous, and thoughtful man. He will be greatly missed by all. He and my mom Linda taught for many years together and shared a love of baseball. Our thoughts and prayers to his family at this very tough time.

Steve Ruddick

May 12, 2021

John was such a wonderful representative of our Aurora community as a City Council member. I always thought it was his background teaching generations of Aurora students they could succeed at such difficult subjects that made him such a wonderful persuader of the correctness of his proposals. John might have had his opinions, but he was not opinionated. My time serving Aurora in the Colorado General Assembly was enhanced by John's advice and ideas. I wish everyone in public service would serve it like John did. Still hard to not see him on Council let alone not be able to have him with us now. At least we know he is with God waiting for us to re-join him.

Arnie Schultz

May 12, 2021

I first got to know John when he served on Aurora City Council. He always treated people addressing the City Council with dignity and respect. We worked together on several projects in Aurora and I always respected him for his deep concern for all of the people of Aurora, as well as the city. Later on, I always enjoyed speaking with him when we happened to be at a event together. I considered John to be a friend and called him from time to time to stay in touch and was sadden when he told me he was putting himself into hospice care, although he was strong and knew what he had to do.

I will always remember him get up at public events after his days on City Council and commenting on his taxes being too low. What a brave man to speak his mind.