John "Steve" Parsons, 92, of Sequim, Washington, passed away at home June 4, 2018, following a brief illness. He relocated here from southern California late in the 1980s after a career as Production Engineer with the Los Angeles Times newspaper where he pioneered in the innovation of earthquake-resistant printing plant construction. He brought to Sequim both his passion for antique engines and his large engine collection which he recently donated to an engine club.
Steve graduated Madison West High School in Wisconsin during WWII and immediately enlisted into the Army Air Corps and became a B-25 bomber pilot. Upon discharge he earned a metallurgical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin where he attended on the G.I Bill. His love for flying continued with his interest in experimental aircraft. Over the years he owned both high and low-wing conventional single-engine planes. Steve was an active member of the Masonic Lodge of Sequim. He bequeathed his shop tool collection to the Lodge.
Steve is survived by his wife, Betty of Sequim, and her children and grandchildren, and by his sister, Mary Ellen (Robin) Replogle of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and brother, Thomas H. Parsons, of Broomfield, Colorado. He was the eldest child of Cecil and Isabel Parsons.
Grave-site services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Sequim View Cemetery with arrangements made by the Sequim Valley Chapel. Following the burial, a social gathering for friends to celebrate Steve's life is scheduled at 2 p.m. in Sequim at the Masonic Lodge located at 700 S. Fifth Ave.