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John Desmond Power

Feb. 8, 1928 — Nov. 17, 2018

John Desmond Power, 90, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. John Medical Center.

Born Feb. 8, 1928, in San Francisco to Patrick J. and Kathleen Desmond Power, both originally from Ireland, John was a true city kid. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School and received a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from Santa Clara University, where he studied under Dean George L. Sullivan.

His early years at Rogers Engineering Company took him to many countries in Europe and Asia. In 1958, he married the former Mary Lou O’Connor and settled in Mill Valley, Calif.

In 1966, the Power family moved to Longview to be closer to Mary Lou’s relatives. John founded Longview Engineering and Design, from which he had yet to retire, and became a pillar of St. Rose Catholic Church and many other community organizations.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou in 2009. He is survived by a daughter, Monica Scott (Mark) of Seattle; two sons, Tim Power of Los Angeles and Brian Power of Seattle; a grandson, Patrick Scott of Seattle; a sister, Helen Walter of Palo Alto, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and good friends. All loved him very much and already miss him greatly.

A rosary is planned for 10:30 a.m. and a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Rose Catholic Church, 2571 Nichols Blvd., in Longview.

Gifts in John’s name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul of Cowlitz County, P.O. Box 2975, Longview, WA 98632; St. John Medical Center, 1615 Delaware St., Longview, WA 98632; or St. Rose School, 720 26th Ave., Longview, WA 98632.

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