Weatherford Democrat

October 1, 2013

John Herman Driver


Weatherford Democrat

— SPRINGTOWN — John Herman Driver, beloved husband, cherished father and special friend, passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2013. He was at home with his loving wife of 49 years, Patricia Cooper Driver, and was surrounded by family, just as he wished.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at their home in Weatherford. Notification of details will be published at a later date.

John was born to Robert Lee and Jessie Driver on March 14, 1918, in El Reno, Okla. He graduated from Watonga High School in Watonga, Okla., in 1936. He attended Wichita Business College, graduating in 1937 with a Bachelor of Accounts degree. He did clerical and bookkeeping work for two years in Wichita, Kan., and Yakima, Wash.

Then in 1939 he heard the call to adventure, so he took what little cash he had and caught a ship in steerage to Nome, Alaska. He went looking for riches in the gold mining fields for the Alaska Fortune Mining Company. Unfortunately, or maybe not, they never found the big gold mine and the company went bankrupt.

So in September, 1939, John went to work for the Civil Aeronautics Authority in Anchorage, Alaska as a crew leader and electrician. The CAA later became the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). He started his profession as a rigger and lineman of communication stations. During his career he studied and became an electronics engineer. Over his 37 year career he traveled the world installing the towers that allowed us all safe air travel. His last major project was the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He retired in Fort Worth, TX as a manager over radar installation. When John retired from the FAA after 37 years of loyal service he and his wife Pat moved to Springtown.

John lived a full life and accomplished much in his 95 years. Some of his many accomplishments included attainment of Eagle Scout, scout master and a Master Mason. After retirement he became licensed as an electrician and in HVAC, performing service work in the community. In his early life he was an avid bird hunter. He had many hobbies including woodworking craftsman, beekeeping, winemaker, leather smith, gardening and crossword puzzles. He loved to read and encouraged everyone to expand their knowledge. But his most favorite and special hobby was dancing. He met his “Yellow Rose of Texas,” Pat, at a Paul Jones Dance. They spent the last 49 years loving each other and dancing on many dance floors, they loved to ballroom and square dance. John lived a very full life always striving to learn, he never met a stranger and chose to always see the best in life. He will be missed. He loved life and people.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cooper Driver, of Springtown; brother, Elmer Driver, of Port Orchard, Wash., and Eileen Meade, of California; children, John H. Driver Jr., of Fort Worth, Gary Driver and wife, Shada, of Nashville, Ark., David Ginn, of Springtown, and Cindy Shannon and husband, Bob, of Weatherford; grandchildren, John H. Driver III, of Perrin, Stacie Driver, of Weatherford, Russell Driver, of Weatherford, Heather Scruggs, of Weatherford, Justin Ginn, of Park City, Utah, and Elizabeth Scruggs, of Weatherford; many great-grandchildren; and most of all many, many friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Jessie Driver; and brothers and sisters, Lela, Pauline, Lucille, Hollis, Bill and Jean.

The family would especially like to thank the wonderful caregivers from Renew Home Health that showered him with love and care and allowed him to remain at home until he passed.

Alexander Midway Funeral Home