HAUGHTON – John P. Mayovich of Haughton passed away peacefully Monday evening, April 7, 2014, at Willis Knighton Health System Pierremont, Shreveport. He was 82.
John was born on June 30, 1931, in Exeter, PA. He was the firstborn child of George and Mary Mayovich. Growing up in Exeter, he attended St. Cecilla’s grade school, and St. John’s High School in Pittston, PA. Upon graduating from King’s College in Wilkes Barre, PA, with a BS in Chemistry, John enlisted with the United States Air Force. He proudly served the USAF in the Strategic Air Command as a navigator and later as a director of intelligence. He retired after 26 years of service having achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel.
John was able to see much of the USA and parts of the world through the USAF. He especially enjoyed his assignment and stay in Denmark. John and his wife Dorothy returned to Haughton in 1980. While adjusting to civilian life, John enjoyed being outside attending to his lawn and flowerbeds. John could also be found standing at the rail with his pipe, watching the horses run at Louisiana Downs. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent time fishing and hunting. John was especially fond of pheasant hunting. Above all, he treasured spending time with his family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary, and by his wife of 34 years, Dorothy.
John is survived by his brother Robert Mayovich and wife Vivian, his sister Barbara (Mayovich) Hansen, niece and Godchild Mary Lu Hansen, nephew Paul Mayovich, niece Adrianne (Mayovich) Mirenda, grandchildren Dana Misner and husband DeWayne, Scott Diehl and great-granddaughter Laci LeBlanc, The Derbonne family and Jack Wilson.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the compassionate care given by Bossier Regional Dialysis Center and Northwest Louisiana Nephrology Clinic, WKHS Pierremont ICU team, and the Colonial Oaks Rehabilitation Center.
A private graveside service with full military honors was held on April 12, 2014 at HillCrest Memorial Park.
In honor of John’s memory, contributions may be made in his name to the charity of your choice .
You may share your memories with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.