John Pogue, 1939~2018
Feb 15, 2018 | 1847 views | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Pogue, 1939~2018
John Pogue, 1939~2018
slideshow
​ John Fredrick Monroe Pogue was born Aug. 18, 1939 and passed away Feb. 7, 2018 at his home surrounded by loved ones. Dad was born in Fredricktown, Mo., and spent most of his childhood growing up in Moab, where he would run all over the countryside learning every nook and cranny, and doing what country boys do.

​ 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.


Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.