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John Scelson III

January 9, 2024
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John Scelson III Obituary

John Henry Scelson III, born October 8, 1959 passed away at his home in Haines, Oregon January 9, 2024 at the age of 64, with his best friend and loyal animals by his side. He left behind a powerful reminder that we can make a difference in the lives of others, showing us that we all have the ability to fight through challenges, while maintaining a positive attitude and spreading contagious happiness to all those around us.  A celebration of life will be announced later this spring.

John was born in Denver Colorado to Loretta Ann (Krantz) Scelson and John Henry Scelson Jr.  He was raised by his mother and stepfather Richard Weber in Commerce City, Colorado. In 1975 the family would move to Baker City, Oregon. As a kid, John loved fishing and camping at the Snake River with his Uncles, Cousins, Siblings and friends. He also enjoyed learning music from his Aunt. Upon starting 8th grade, John had a blast playing baseball, riding motorcycles, and living life on the edge. He even worked at the Fireside and later for Richard Haynes. Little did John know in 11th grade his life would change forever.

In 11th grade, John crossed paths with Sally Aldrich. John had his own special way of doing things, and he definitely caught Sally’s attention. Whether it was accidentally slamming her arm in a locker door, driving a car into the high school swimming pool or even accidentally dying his hair green. John’s unique charm won her over and they ended up getting married September 1, 1978 and their journey through life together began.

John joined the military in 1977 and served his country with pride as a truck driver and mechanic. He dedicated 22 years of his life to the military before retiring. His time in the military sparked his desire to explore the world, throughout his life he had the opportunity to visit countries, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Korea.

In 1979, John and his bride made the move to Springfield Oregon. John found a job at Roberts Supply and learned skills like fabricating wire rope, mixing anfo and hauling dynamite. When he wasn’t working he was all about making unforgettable memories and lifelong friends. Whether it was jamming out at concerts, hitting the slopes for skiing, going camping or just partying it up. John knew how to have a good time, but as life goes, things were about to change.

On December 30, 1986 something truly magical happened in John‘s life. He and Sally welcomed their daughter Amber Dawn Scelson into the world. From that day forward John’s world revolved around his precious daughter. They shared so many amazing adventures together like trips to the ocean, fishing, reading, going to games and cheering on the Oregon Ducks football team, visiting the zoo, going to Disney, coaching and refereeing sports, throwing parties, attending plays, and being the best father he could possibly be. John was so proud of his daughter and loved showing her off to his friends. Even when Amber moved to Eastern Oregon, John always found a way to travel or to support her in everything she did. His love for her knew no bounds.

As time went on, John found himself working at Timber Supply, driving his blue and red Geo (which was purple and pink) to work. Later he drove truck for the United States Postal Service, and wrapped up his career as a mechanic for Mitsubishi. When he wasn’t on the clock, he had the best time with his best buddy and his little buddy peanut. They tried urban camping, dabbled in gardening (John loved his roses and cacti) and he even experimented with creating a new strain of his favorite plants. John was always the life of the party, bringing laughter to everyone around him. He was always up for any adventure, and never hesitated to lend a helping hand to those in need.

In 2012, John’s health started to decline, and he made the decision to move back to Eastern Oregon to be closer to his family and spend the rest of his days surrounded by their love. Even in the face of challenges John never lost his adventurous spirit, he continued to embrace life, traveling, sharing stories, listening to books, music, and loved fireworks. Most importantly, he never stopped fighting, loving, empowering, and helping those around him.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Ann (Krantz) Weber, Father John Henry Scelson Jr., Brothers, Joseph Leroy Scelson, and James Leroy Scelson and his beloved dog Peanut.

John is survived by his daughter Amber Scelson, best friend Sally Scelson, Aunt Shirley Keiper (Jimi) , Sister Tina Weber, Stepfather Richard Weber, and bonus daughters, Crystal Pressley and Candace Paris, a Niece and great Niece and many extended family and friends.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of John the family suggests either Community Connections or Best Friends of Baker through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, PO Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences can be shared at

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