John Dean Meyer
John Dean Meyer was born on December 20, 1939 in Hood River, Oregon and passed suddenly November 30, 2020.
John was adopted at 6 months by Robert Meyer and grew up in Portland. He was the eldest of 9 siblings, graduated from Clackamas High and studied at PSU. He worked at the PSU Bookstore, retiring with 43 years of service. John served in the Navy as an Admiral's driver in Japan during the Vietnam War. In the 60's, John enjoyed playing guitar with his band in Portland. In the 90's the band was revived as The Johnny Ripoff Band and played at Lacey's in Lake Oswego, The Corner Saloon and other venues in Portland for 16 years. Their motto was "You are never too old to Rock and Roll."
John met Maja Weitman and her son Jay while crabbing on the docks of Brighton Moorage in 1974. They walked along the beach that afternoon in Rockaway and discovered their paths had crossed multiple times in the past. In the 50's when John was 16 years old, he sold ice cream in Maja's grandmother's neighborhood. Maja was 6, and her sisters would hear John's scooter and chased him down for a treat. Maja bought her books at PSU when John worked there in 1967. She danced to John's band at her dorm and recounted other times they had crossed paths. They married in 1976 and they went to their beach cabin in Manzanita every weekend for years, eventually settling in Lake Oswego in 1983 along the Willamette River.
John is survived by his wife Maja; son Jay and Jay's wife Garen; his stepmother Mary; sisters Jean Newham and Barbara; brothers Warren, Chuck and Tim. They enjoyed fishing, camping, summer parties with his band, and enjoying retirement together since 2003. John was funny, a jokester, humble and kind. He was a loving husband, Maja's best friend, and a loving dad to Jay. He passed knowing he was loved dearly by his family and friends. John will be honored during a military ceremony sometime in 2021 at Willamette National Cemetery.
Donations may be made in his honor to the Parkinson's Foundation.