John was born March 15th 1935 in Tulare California. His parents and him moved back to Idaho a year later, Parents were both from Idaho. He was the oldest of 6 children (2 still living). Raised on a farm 6 miles east and 1/4 north of Rupert in an area called Jackson in Cassia County.
John loved to work with his father. Started milking cows at the age of 7.
He was raised Catholic and always went to church. He was baptized Into the Church of Jesus of Latter Day Saints at the age of 18 (1953).
His friends in high school happened to be from that Church.
John graduated Rupert High School in 1953, then attended 1 1/2 years at the University of Idaho.
In 1955 John became a combat engineer in the US Army where he served 1 yr in the states and then 1 yr in Germany. During his time in the military he graduated from the NCO Academy in Munich, Germany. He graduated 1st out of the 600 who started, and that got him an automatic promotion to Sgt. He was in charge of ammo dumping, his expertise was explosives.
After the military John returned to Idaho and farmed east of Rupert for the next 2 yrs. He then started in construction in 1959 working for Henger construction out of Dallas,Texas. They worked all over the US. He was a construction supervisor on multiple jobs in Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Most memorable Arizona. He again returned to Rupert and started on his own, building homes and some light commercial in the early 60’s.
Married for the first time in 1954 he had 6 children, 4 girls and 2 boys.
He married Sharon in 1969. When they first married he worked as a supervisor in Boise for Gramkow construction. John built the Hessing Chrysler building on Cole and Franklin, he also built the south 1/2 of Fairmont Jr High School.
John’s family moved to the Wood River Valley in the early 70’s. He started a business there called Shar-Mar Homes where he built homes from Sun Valley to Twin Falls. He had his headquarters in Bellevue where his office and shop were.
In 1985 they moved to Star, Idaho where they lived for 15 years, then they moved to Boise where they lived for 16 yrs. In 2016 John and Sharon moved to Mountain Home where they were currently residing.
They had a blended family. Sharon had a daughter when they married and then they adopted a girl in 1974 from Mountain Home, Idaho. They welcomed a foster son from El Salvador in early 1980. Many of his children and grandchildren have served missions all over the world.
All together they have raised 9 children and have 43 grandchildren and close to 85 great grandchildren.
Preceeded in death by his parents (John A. Tracy and Elizabeth Berg), 3 brothers (Bobby Tracy, Jim Tracy and Ray Tracy), daughter (Renette Forbis)and grandson (Joshua Tracy)
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 7200 N. Duncan Road Boise, Idaho with a visitation held one hour prior to the service. Also a visitation will be held the night before at Bowman Funeral Parlor from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Garden City, Idaho 83714. A committal service will be held on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 10:00 am at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery located at 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road Boise, Idaho 83714.