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Album By Donna Thompson-Becker

Album By Donna Thompson-Becker

John and I have had and will continue to have many memorable moments. He is hands down, one the strongest, most optimistic and compassionate people I know. John has been described by friends and family as the type of person who would give “the shirt off his back” to help another individual. With John, family is the most important. He is humble and grateful for his wife, family, friends and home. The following is a quick snapshot of my brother John over the years.
--Submitted by John's sister, Donna Thompson-Becker, December 2006
(At left: During spring break as my first year as a teacher, my former college roommate, Enza, and I spent a wonderful week with John in Southern California. This day was cloudy by the coast. Not wanting us to be disappointed, John came up with a great idea to get some sun. He drove us up through dirt road canyons to a mountaintop. We seemed to be on top of the world! We had plenty of sun that day. Four months later, I moved to Costa Mesa.)


John at the race track

John at the race track

John in the lead … John called me Tex, and to this day still calls me that. He made me his pit crew boss. Basically, I got a flashlight to carry around. I thought I was so cool! Sunday nights were the most fun. I met so many colorful and kind characters through John. It was a community of people that came together for a common interest and in many ways became one large extended family.


Mother's Worry

Mother's Worry

John Boy with “Mother’s Worry” #262 stock car. To John’s racing friends, he was dubbed John Boy. John named the car in honor of our mother, who always worried about him racing. John raced on Sunday nights at ASCOT Speedway in Gardena, CA, or occasionally on Saturday nights at Corona Speedway in Corona, CA. Here he is preparing his car before a race.


Snowman in Illinois

Snowman in Illinois

For a time, John and his wife Tracy moved back to Illinois where our parents, sister Michelle, and my husband’s family members live. My husband Charlie and I went to Illinois to visit for the holidays. Three days after Christmas, (our wedding anniversary) we were hit with a blizzard. Like the picture shows, we had a BLAST! John braved the elements and traffic to take my husband and me into the city of Chicago that day too. (Top: Charlie, Frosty, and John. Bottom: Donna and Mom.)


Texas Hat

Texas Hat

For as long as I can remember, my brother John called me “Tex.” Well, look who’s “Tex” now! (John with a hat Michelle brought to him from Texas.)