John, though much better known as Jack, was born on December 11, 1963 in Enumclaw, Washington.
Jack passed away on July 9th, 2019 at the age of 55 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw. Since the day he was born, Jack lived his whole life in Enumclaw and called this town his home. It was in Enumclaw that he raised his two children, alongside his beautiful wife Caren Radford.
Jack leaves behind his wife Caren, daughter Chelsea Morrissey, son Kalen Radford, son-in-law Jordon Morrissey, sisters Diane Eich and Robin Ballweber, and brother Gregg Radford. Jack also leaves behind many friends and family, as he was a very well known and loved person.
Jack had such a wonderful career from the time he was just getting out of high school. At the age of 18, Jack became a volunteer firefighter for the City of Enumclaw. Working alongside his father Francis Radford, serving the city that he loves and making memories with friends that lasted a lifetime, he was always ready for the next call. Jack retired as a Lieutenant after 25 years of serving his community. While being a firefighter, Jack’s full time job was his home delivery milk route serving the Enumclaw plateau. Delivering to hundreds of customers weekly, everyone was happy to see Jack running up to their porch to drop off their milk.
Jack was a very athletic person that had many hobbies, but quite possibly his favorite of all was hunting. Whether it was duck hunting in Moses Lake or harvesting his first bull elk (less than two years ago), he always had a smile doing so. He also loved to ride his Harley with his wife on the back and the wind in his face, and if his kids and friends rode their bikes alongside, it made it that much better.
Jack had been fighting Corticobasal Degeneration for the past few years, a neurological disorder that hindered his everyday mobility and functions. Unfortunately, he found himself with a blood clot that went from his leg and transferred to his lungs. As most people are aware, Jack was an incredibly strong person. He stayed with us long enough for family and friends to say goodbye and to tell him how much everyone loved him.
There will be a Celebration of Life held for Jack on July 28th, 2019 at the Thunder Dome Car Museum in Enumclaw, WA. The event will be an open house from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Jack was the husband, father and friend that everyone dreams of having, and we will all be forever grateful to have shared the time with him that we did.