MOSES LAKE — John D. Cox, 70, passed away Jan. 26, 2012, where he resided at Columbia Crest Care Center in Moses Lake. John was born Dec. 17, 1941, in Sidney, Mont., to Grover C. and Norma (Helmer) Cox.

    Just after the outbreak of World War II in November 1942 his family moved to Utah and then Arizona. In the spring of 1947, they settled in Salmon, Idaho, where John spent his younger years.

    He met and later (1959) married Lea Davis with whom he had three children. While providing for his young family he was in a sawmill accident that took his eyesight. In 1966, John and Lea divorced.

    In 1967, to be close to his children, John moved to the Long Beach Peninsula. While living on the Peninsula, he met and married Lois Preston but sadly they were also divorced. In 1995, John moved to Moses Lake, to live near his dearly loved sister, LaDonna and her family. In better days, John had a dynamic personality, which showed while talking to his daughter. He loved to know what everyone was doing and then in turn he would relay news about his sisters, brother, and the cousins. Most conversations went like this: “What are you doing?” then “Why in the hell are you doing that?” “What is Joe doing?” “Why in the hell is he doing that?” News from his house and then he would end the conversatiaon with “What are you having for dinner?” We love you dad and we will miss you as much!

    John is survived by his daughter, Jennie (Bill) Spain and son Joey (Jerilyn) Cox of Longview; three grandsons, Will (Amy) Spain, Travis (Staci) Spain and Jacob Cox; four great-grandchildren, Colton, Abigail, Izaac and Brooklin; a brother, Charles Cox of Coeur d’alene, Idaho; three sisters, LaVinna (Bedford) Stroud of Leadore, Idaho, Martha (Jim) Wolf of Quincy and Abbie (Clee) Stokes of Salmon, Idaho; special niece and nephew Pat Butterfield and David Firebaugh of Moses Lake; and many other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Elza Cox, his sister, LaDonna Firebaugh, his brother-in-law, Bill Firebaugh, and an infant son, Jody Lynn Cox.

    Please sign the online guest book or leave a note for the family at www.kayserschapel.com. Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel and Crematory, Moses Lake.

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