John J. Ponce was born Nov. 21, 1949 in Whittier, California to Margaret and Victor Ponce and passed away on March 7, 2020 in Tillamook, Oregon at the age of 70.
John served in the Army in 1971 and was in the reserves for five years after and was honorably discharged in 1977. John earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in Communication and American History at California State University and Humboldt State, and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education Management at Humboldt State University.
Other education at the University of California includes studies in agriculture. John worked several jobs including, editor at the Tillamook Headlight Herald newspaper, Park Ranger at Cape Lookout State Park and Oregon State Parks SEIU Local 503 and OPRD Local 733. John also had extensive journalism jobs in several states.
John is survived by his wife Lori Ponce, three stepsons, three grandchildren, his sister Cathy (John) Friesen, niece and nephew Bethany and Andrew, daughter Crystal Marie and son Nicholas.