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Obituary for ADAMS


Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday October 23, 2013

ADAMS, JOHN J Q Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, on October 20, 2013, at the age of 93 left this earth for a better seat to watch his beloved St Louis Cardinals in the World Series. John is survived by wife Shirley at the family home; his sons Jay (Pam) Silver City, NM, Brian, Albuquerque, NM, Ken (Sally), Albuquerque; grandchildren Amanda, Ron, Jared, Bryce and Tracey; great- grandchildren Jay and Aralyn; and numerous nieces and nephews. There was nothing more important in this world or more rewarding to John than his family. John was born May 1, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His early years were spent in British Columbia Canada and Palo Alto California. He was extremely proud to be a United States Army Veteran having spent three and one half years in the South Pacific during World War II as a Combat Infantryman attaining the rank of Master Sargent. John was recalled to service for the Korean War. Visiting a wounded friend in an army hospital after the war he met army nurse Shirley F. Robinson of Rush City, Minnesota who became the love of his life. They were married August 30, 1946 in Tacoma Washington. John subsequently embarked on a 33 year career with the Atomic Energy Commission (later the Department of Energy) beginning in Los Alamos, New Mexico taking him to serving on Aircraft Carriers at sea, Louisiana and culminating in Albuquerque. His specialty was security of Nuclear materials transport and weapons development facilities. One highlight of his career was a ten year attachment to the NASA Space Program where he met and worked with many of the Astronauts of the Apollo space program. Upon his retirement John & Shirley enjoyed traveling the breath of the United States and Canada in their RV's from Motorhomes to 5th wheel trailers visiting friends and family all along the way. A particular favorite was British Columbia Canada and Northwest Montana. A lifelong avid golfer he was still playing 9 holes twice a week at 90 years old. He loved all the public courses in Albuquerque with a particular love of the University of New Mexico North course. John was one of the first to purchase season tickets to support the UNM Basketball Lady Lobos from their inception and attended his last game last season a consummate fan to his last day. John was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Bea Adams and recently a very close brother-in-law Vern Dahlberg. His Springer Spaniels Trouble, Silky, and Trouble II. Family will observe a private remembrance, John will be interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.