John Herman Driver, beloved husband, cherished father and special friend passed away Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at home with his loving wife of 49 years, Patricia Cooper Driver surrounded by family, just as he wished.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, in Weatherford. Notification of details will be published at a later date. The family would especially like to thank the wonderful caregivers from Renew Home Health that showered him with love and care and allowed him to remain at home until he passed.
John was born to Robert Lee and Jessie Driver March 14, 1918, in El Reno, Oklahoma. He graduated from Watonga High School in Watonga, Oklahoma in 1936. He attended Wichita Business College, graduating in 1937 with a Bachelor of accounts. He did clerical and bookkeeping work for two years in Wichita, Kansas and Yakima, Washington. Then in 1939, he heard the call to adventure, so he took what little cash he had and caught a ship in steerage to Nome, Alaska. He went looking for riches in the gold mining fields for the Alaska Fortune Mining Company. Unfortunately, or maybe not, they never found the big gold mine and the company went bankrupt. In September 1939, John went to work for the CAA (Civil Aeronautics Authority) in Anchorage, Alaska as a crew leader and electrician. The CAA later became the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). He started his profession as a rigger and lineman of communication stations. During his career, he studied and became an electronics engineer. Over his 37 year career, he traveled the world installing the towers that allowed us all safe air travel. His last major project was the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He retired in Fort Worth as a manager over radar installation. When John retired from the FAA after 37 years of loyal service, he and his wife Pat moved to Springtown. He accomplished much in his 95 years. Some of his many accomplishments included attainment of Eagle Scout, scout master and a Master Mason. After retirement, he became licensed as an electrician and in HVAC, performing service work in the community. In his early life, he was an avid bird hunter. He had many hobbies including woodworking craftsman, beekeeping, winemaker, leather smith, gardening and crossword puzzles. He loved to read and encouraged everyone to expand their knowledge. His most favorite and special hobby was dancing. He met his “Yellow Rose of Texas,” Pat, in a Paul Jones Dance. They spent the last 49 years loving each other and dancing on many dance floors. They loved to ballroom and square dance. John lived a very full life always striving to learn. He never met a stranger and chose to always see the best in life. He loved life and people. He will be missed.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Jessie Driver; sisters, Lela, Pauline, Lucille, Hollis and Jean; and brother, Bill.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Cooper Driver of Springtown; brothers, Elmer Driver of Port Orchard, Washington and Eileen Meade of California; children, John H. Driver Jr. of Fort Worth, Gary Driver and wife Shada, of Nashville, Arizona, David Ginn of Springtown and Cindy Shannon and husband, Bob of Weatherford; grandchildren, John H. Driver III of Perrin, Stacie Driver of Weatherford, Russell Driver of Weatherford, Heather Scruggs of Weatherford, Justin Ginn of Park City, Utah and Elizabeth Scruggs of Weatherford; many great-grandchildren; and most of all many friends.
The Azle News,
Oct. 2, 2013 Edition