John Bradley Shaffer was born on January 22, 1935 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington. He passed away in the early morning hours of June 1, 2018 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Arizona. Mr. Shaffer was the son of Robert H. Shaffer (father) and Gertrude S. Welling (mother). John was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth Shaffer and Robert H. Shaffer and his sister, Carol JoAnn McLean. He is survived in death by his two daughters, Susan Fulsome (husband Kevin) and Jo Jones (husband Brian). John is also survived by his two nieces, Sarah Fahey (husband Vince) and Bobbie Stumper (husband Scott), as well as his two nephews, John McLean (wife Tanna) and Brad McLean. Along with these, he is survived by eight grandchildren, two preceding him in death, and six great-grandchildren.
John’s passions in life were golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, the Stock Market, and artistic painting. He was also an avid New York Times crossword puzzle player and followed the Diamondbacks baseball team fervently. On February 21, of 1991 John hit a hole in one at Cypress Golf Course in Mesa, AZ. It was on the 9th hole and he used a pitching wedge. He was a licensed general contractor and built homes in the valley in the late 60’s. In 1968 he became a successful painting contractor and founded Continental Painting, a company that still continues under the direction of his son-in-law. John belonged to the Masons and on April 25, 1981 was awarded the Master of the Royal Secret of the 32nd degree. He was also a lodge member of the El Zaribah Shriners in Mesa, AZ.
John will be missed by his friends and family and will be remembered by his quick wit and one who always had a joke to tell.
At John’s request, there will be no memorial service. His remains are being returned to the mountains near Priest Lake in northern Idaho, his favorite place on this Earth.
Donations may be directed to “Hospice of the Valley.”