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John Wyckoff



John Dean Wyckoff, 61, of Vancouver, Washington passed away on May 8, 2012 after a brief but hard-fought battle with cancer.

John Wyckoff was born on January 31, 1951 in Jefferson, Iowa to Dean and Bernice Wyckoff. His family moved to Goldendale, Washington where John met the love of his life, Marilyn Willson. John graduated in 1969 from Goldendale High School where he was a standout track and football athlete. John and Marilyn married in 1971 while attending Washington State University. John obtained a degree in architecture from WSU.

Professionally, John worked as an architect in the Portland and Vancouver area at SOM, BOORA, GBD and LSW Architects. As a principal at LSW Architects in Vancouver, Washington he obtained national recognition as an educational facility designer. Health issues forced an early retirement in 2006. He utilized the time during his retirement to pursue his passion for art. His acrylic paintings received awards by several galleries and art museums.

John is survived by his wife, Marilyn, three sons and families; Casey and wife Melanie and children Cole, Ethan, Grace and Isaac; Trevor and wife Amber and children Callie and Asher; and Isaiah and wife Rachel and newborn Corban. Upon his cancer diagnosis, John prayed that he would live to see his new grandson Corban. During John’s final trip to the hospital on May 3, he received word that Corban was born five weeks early through an emergency C section. As a part of God’s perfect plan, John shared in the joy of his new grandson as he saw pictures and video of baby Corban.

Nothing mattered more to John than God, and his loving wife and family. John’s retirement years allowed him the time to focus on his relationship with Jesus, his wife Marilyn, and his sons and their families. It gave him great joy to take special trips with Marilyn, having “grandpa dates” with his grandchildren and sharing special times together. John’s huge love for Marilyn and his family was undeniable, as was his love for God. When John was diagnosed with cancer, he wanted nothing more than to glorify the Lord through his decisions and attitude. He marked this scripture in his heart, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. John set an incredible example and left an amazing legacy.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25, at Athey Creek Christian Fellowship located at 27520 SW 95th Ave Wilsonville, OR 97070.

Please visit John’s online tribute at


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