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John Gideon (1947 – 2009)

John R. Gideon II passed away April 27, 2009 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA surrounded by his loving family.

John was born Feb 10, 1947 to John and Georgette Gideon in Los Angeles, CA. He served in the Navy from 1966 to 1970, serving during the Vietnam War era and was honorably discharged. He married his wife Marlys in 1972 in Palos Verdes, CA at Wayfarer’s Chapel. After relocating to Bremerton in the Mid-70’s he worked in Shop 38 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He retired in 2002 after serving over 34 years of combined federal service.

On a personal note, many years ago John made good on a New Year’s resolution of learning to play the bagpipes and played with the Clan Gordon Pipe Band of Tacoma, WA until a few years ago. His biggest highlight with Clan Gordon was ringing in the year 2000 at the Waipu Millennium Highland Games in New Zealand.

In his retirement, John became passionately involved in election integrity issues and was the co-Founder/Director of VotersUnite.org where his most well-known public contribution was publishing a daily news clipping service infused with his own brand of sharp, take-no-prisoners commentary regarding election issues. His “Daily Voting News” became an integral staple for election activists, experts and public officials alike, and was widely recognized for its dependable accuracy and timeliness. He was also a frequent contributor and resource for numerous media outlets, elected officials and other activists in the election integrity field.

More recently, after finding out that his son had decided to purchase a motorcycle, he fulfilled a long dream of wanting to own a Harley-Davidson and truly enjoyed riding as often as he could. Two wheels brought father and son closer than ever as they shared a common interest. John was a member of the Silverdale H.O.G chapter #2038.

John was preceded in death by his wife Marlys in 2002. He is survived by his son Rick, daughter-in-law Spring and grandson of Bremerton, sister Margaret and Jim McDonald of Silverdale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made online at VotersUnite.org or be sent to:

VotersUnite
660 Jefferson Ave.
Port Ludlow, WA 98365

A celebration of John’s life will be scheduled for sometime in June.

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