He enlisted into the Navy in 1961 and spent the next four years serving our country. He was honorably discharged as an E-5 on a Friday — then Monday morning he went right back to work in the same office for the next 12 years as a civilian computer programmer, working himself up the ladder to become a pay grade GS-11 supervisor. Dad did most of his duty at Miramar Naval Station in San Diego, but he also traveled all over the world working on computers for the military.
In 1976 he left government work and moved to be closer to his parents, Tim (The Water Witcher) and Alta, along with his sister Mona, all of whom lived in Redway, Calif., at the time. In 1977 he became the owner of the famous Road Runner Café in Phillipsville, Calif., where he ended up working for 25 years as the cook, earning his nickname Johnny (Ash) Pogue. Dad was an avid outdoorsman; fishing, hunting and mining were his biggest passions in life. He spent time in the field, hunting ducks later in life, or on the water chasing albacore in the ocean and steelhead on the Eel River.
Dad was proud of a lot of things in life, but one of his biggest proud moments was that he contributed to the medical world by developing a new treatment for those who suffer from hyperparathyroidism.
Dad also loved all of his grandchildren through and through; he had a huge heart and was not above helping out some of the local youngsters. Dad has many friends in Moab still today — his baby sister MaryAnn, the best aunt anyone could ever have, along with many other family members scattered throughout Utah, California and the rest of the country. He will be missed by those who truly loved him, rest in peace Dad … until we meet again.
Graveside Service will be held in Eureka, Calif., on Feb. 16, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Ocean View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or gifts please send donations in honor of John Pogue to the VFW, P.O. Box 544, Garberville, CA 95542. It would be greatly appreciated.