In Loving Memory of John C. Heaton,
John Carroll Heaton passed away unexpectedly in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 3, 2018 at the age of 57. He will always be remembered as a caring, patient, intelligent, and compassionate husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.
John was born in Covina, California on May 13, 1961 to Max Heaton and Margaret Campbell. He was the youngest of his five siblings, Kathy, Steve, Beverly, Susan, and Mark. He served in the United States Air Force for 24 years, gaining rank as Master Sergeant. John was stationed both in Edwards Air Force Base in California and Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. He also worked in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for 14 years.
John led a fulfilling life, abounding with passions, including his enjoyment of the outdoors and sharing quality time with his family. He loved camping, fishing, sailing, and taking frequent vacations, especially to Point Mugu Naval Base in California and to the Conejo’s River in Colorado. He also dedicated his spare time for several years of his life involved in veterans support groups.
John was preceded in death by his father Max Heaton, his nephews Matthew Needham and Andrew Strand, and his sister and best friend, Kathy Strand. John is survived by his large family and multitude of friends, including his beloved wife of 21 years, Sheryl, along with their blended family of five children, Christopher, Bryan (and his fiancé Jessica), Brant (and his wife Molly), Jessica, and Chelsie (and her fiancé Kurt). John’s kind spirit continues to live on in the hearts of everyone he knew and loved and his presence will be dearly missed.
The celebration of life for John will take place at the Albuquerque Elk’s Lodge (2430 Centre SE, Albuquerque, NM) on Saturday, November 24 from noon to 4 pm, preceded by military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”