John Counts, 77, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019 surrounded by his beloved family. He will be remembered most for his devotion to his wife and family.
John was born in Ventura, Calif. on Aug. 12, 1941 to Gay and Minnie Counts. His family moved to Lakeview in 1948. John moved to Medford in 1960 to pursue a career in carpentry. He was proud to be a lifetime member of the carpenters union. John worked on several houses and commercial buildings in the Rogue Valley and spent many weekends driving back to Lakeview to build his parents and brother, Jay’s homes. A signature of his devotion to his family.
John enjoyed traveling, sports, bowling, woodworking, and biking. He was an avid 49er fan. John rode his bike almost everyday for 20-29 miles. Unfortunately, on May 20, 2019 this activity took his life through an unfortunate accident.
John “Gramps” never missed an event for his grandchildren whom he loved unconditionally. He loved watching them play soccer, football, swimming, baseball, and march in the band. He was very proud of all of them. He was most recently proud of becoming a great-grandpa.
John volunteered weekly at the Mormon pantry where devotion and giving back was important to him.
John and Lois shared special memories traveling the world together. They traveled through Europe, the United States and took several cruises throughout the world.
John is survived by: his wife, Lois Counts; son, Kevin Counts; daughters, Debbie Count-Tabor, Ronnie Dillon and Tina Qualls; son-in-law: Bart Qualls; daughters-in-law, Barbara Counts, Becky Dillon and CJ Tabor; two brothers, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces and nephews. John will be greatly missed by his family.
The family is having a gathering to celebrate John on June 1, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hanley Farms, 1053 Hanley Rd., Central Point, OR 97502. There will be a toast for John at 6:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to the North Medford High School Band, North Medford High School, 1900 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford, Or. 97504 in care of the NMHS Band.
He will be laid to rest at Counts cemetery, Valley Falls.