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John D. Henderson January 16, 1936 - May 22, 2021

John D Henderson, 85, of Eagle, Idaho passed away on May 22nd, 2021.

John was born January 16, 1936 in Pocatello, Idaho, the son of Robert D Henderson and Ramona Strahan Henderson. The family moved to Rexburg, Idaho, where John attended school, graduating from Madison High School in 1954. While at Madison, he was active in sports, music and science programs. He attended Idaho State College and the University of Idaho from 1954 to 1959, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a commission in the U.S. Army. In July 1959, John  married Marilyn Berrett of Roberts, Idaho, whom he met at the U of I.  They spent the next two years on active duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While at Fort Bragg, a son, John Robert, was born. Upon leaving active military duty in 1961, John was employed by the US Forest Service as  a supervisory civil engineer. During his career, he served at seven national forests located in St. Anthony, Salmon and Boise, Idaho, and Yreka, Quincy, Alturas, and Pasadena, California. He was engaged in all phases of planning, design, construction, contracting and management of transportation system facilities, and was also program manager of activities involving geometronics cadastral engineering, debris dam construction, and coordination with other government agencies and private organizations. While living in St. Anthony, he served as executive officer and company commander of several Idaho National Guard units. John retired from the US Forest Service in Boise in October, 1990 and John and Marilyn built a new home and moved to Salmon, where he served a term on the city council. In 1996, they moved back to Eagle area to be near their son John and his family.

John was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister Bette, and leaves behind his wife, Marilyn, son John Robert, two granddaughters, Ashley and Hilaire Henderson, and a great granddaughter, Josephine. Services will be held Thursday, May 27th 2021, 11am with a visitation at 10am at Eagle United Methodist Church, 651 N. Eagle Rd, Eagle, Id.

John was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister Bette, and leaves behind his wife, Marilyn, son John Robert, two granddaughters, Ashley and Hilaire Henderson, and a great granddaughter, Josephine. Services will be held Thursday, May 27th 2021, 11am with a visitation at 10am at Eagle United Methodist Church, 651 N. Eagle Rd, Eagle, Id.

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    Darrel Van Buren says

    I had the pleasure of working for John on the Boise NF. He was truly one of the ‘good guys’, always with a joke and a smile. He was honest and always looking out for his employees, whether it was funding, equipment or safety, he always had our back. His steady hand managing the engineering program allowed us to concentrate on the task at hand and not ‘sweat the small stuff’. His door was always open and he never hesitated to ask for our opinion.
    Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss of a husband, father, and grandfather. He was a good man, friend and will be missed.

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