Obituary, John David Reid, 44
John David Reid
John David Reid, 44, loving husband of Jill and proud father of Jacob and Megan, was taken too early doing what he loved to do. He was born April 21, 1969 in Petersburg, Alaska and was found at sea after an August 1, 2013 boating accident. He flourished living in Sitka and had enjoyed its abundance of sea and hunting activity since October 1998.
John's young years were spent in logging camps with his family around his grandfather's business, Reid Timber, Inc. His love for the outdoors of Southeast Alaska was and is forever within him. As he would often say, he did have “the bug.”
His family moved to Montesano, Wash. when he was nine years old and he attended schools there, graduating from Montesano High School in 1987. The next year he spent at the Divers Institute of Technology in Ballard, Wash.
On July 20, 1991 he married his high school sweetheart, Jill Weaver, in Montesano. They soon moved to Ketchikan where he worked for his family business, now Reid Brothers Logging. After moving to Sitka, he started his own company, J&J Mechanical, with Jim Decker, a high school friend who was also lost at sea ten years ago. In recent years, he has been fishing for a living.
John is survived by his wife, Jill, of Sitka, Jacob, 19, sophomore and swimmer at the University of Rochester in New York studying pre-medicine; daughter, Megan, 17, senior student-athlete at Sitka High School; father and mother, Thomas and Vicki Reid of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; sister Sandra (Joel) Greene of Montesano and sister Kimberly (Russell) Stilson of Lake Havasu. Along with his immediate family, he is survived by many aunts and uncles throughout Southeast Alaska and the west coast and five nephews and three nieces.
A memorial service and celebration of life was held at the Coast Guard Gazebo August 8 in Sitka, acknowledging those who worked so hard at recovering our loved one. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the John D. Reid Memorial Fund, account 213685962, at any Wells Fargo Bank for his children's college educations.