John J. Markon

John J. Markon of Lompoc died Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 84 years of age.

He was born in New York City in 1929. John enlisted in the United States Army in 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1953, having achieved the rank of sergeant. He graduated from City College of New York in 1971 and earned Masters degrees in Education from CCNY in 1973 and Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 1976. John worked as an educator in New York public schools. He moved to Lompoc in 1974 and worked as a teacher and administrator at the federal penitentiary until his retirement in 1989. He was a long distance race walker and won two national U.S. Masters championships in 1969 and 1970. John completed the U.S. National 100-mile walking championship in 1973 in 21 hours, 57 minutes. During his retirement, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He also enjoyed participating in local politics, serving as a representative for the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District in the 1990s. He was an avid astronomer, completing most of the coursework towards a Masters degree in Astronomy.

John is survived by Bing, his wife of 38 years; his daughter Marie, and granddaughter Nadia.

Vigil services and Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church 10 a.m. Friday, May 24 with Rev. Lawrence Santos celebrating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at the Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Starbuck-Lind Mortuary.

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