John Southmayd

KLIPSAN — John Ogden Southmayd, 83, died in Klipsan Beach on June 2, 2020, with his wife Gail at his side. A native of Sacramento, California, he was born on February 8, 1937, the son of Obie and Grace (Norman) Southmayd.

After graduating from high school and residing in Vancouver, Washington, John joined the United States Marine Corps. He served for 22 years and was proud of his career. Returning to Vancouver he lived there 32 years and worked for the Clark County Sheriff Department until retirement. Fifteen years ago, he and Gail moved to the Long Beach Peninsula.

John was an avid fisherman, enjoying years with his friends Ken, Milt, AJ and others. He also enjoyed wood crafting. He and Gail traveled many years to Hemet, California where they visited with many friends at their favorite RV park.

Besides his wife of 59 years, John is survived by a son, Obie Southmayd and daughter Michelle Southmayd; grandsons JD and Stephen; and three great-grandsons.

Funeral service with military honors will be June 10, at 1:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. May John rest in peace, knowing “he did it his way.” Cards and flowers may be sent to Gail Southmayd, c/o Golden Sands Retirement, 21608 “O” Place, Ocean Park, Washington 98640. His guestbook is available at

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Goodnight John,- thank you for all of the laughs and good times over the years . Our families sure did have some great times together . The friendship that you had with my dad was true and genuine. The fun times are the RV park and riding on the foxy lady golf cart will always be a happy memory! BBQ’s, the man hut , drinks and all of the laughs we have all shared! I hope you get to see my Dad now and you two can continue Your friendship together ! Please tell my dad hi and know that you are both missed very much!! Love always ! Christine , Tim and Mackenzie Rae ♥️ Ooh rah for life !

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