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John T. McDermott
February 14, 1935 – March 15, 2016

Stayton – John, 81, died March 15 in Salem. He was born and raised in Astoria, living in Portland for 10 years before moving to Stayton 45 years ago. John served in the US Army as a Russian Linguist and was stationed in Turkey. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and two Masters degrees from Portland State University and in 1967 was an exchange student to Yugoslavia.

John married C. Diane DeTemple on September 7, 1968 in Vancouver, WA.  He taught middle school for 31 years in Stayton and also coached basketball, wrestling and baseball. John was a member of the Stayton United Methodist Church for 40 years, where he sang in the church choir, served on the Administrative Council and taught Sunday School for 15 years. John was an avid reader and volkswalker. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, sports and was a big Red Sox fan.

John is survived by his wife: Diane of Stayton; children: John “Jack” (Laura) McDermott of Tallahassee, FL and Megan (McGuire) Fleming of Hopedale, MA; brothers: Van (Nancy) Kennell of Astoria and Michael (Michelle) McDermott of Vancouver, WA; sister: Laurie McDermott of Portland and granddaughter: Josie Fleming of Hopedale, MA. He was preceded in death by his parents, John McDermott & Vivienne Kennell and brother, Jerry McDermott.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Stayton United Methodist Church. Contributions may be made to the church music fund or the Stayton Food Bank. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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