In Memory

John Ball

John Ball

Date of Birth: 9/15/52
Date Deceased: 3/4/87
Age at Death: 34
Cause of Death: Complications from AIDS

After High School, John attended NAU and then Colorado State University where he received a Phi Beta Kappa academic award. During several summers while in college, John returned to Tucson to coach the Indian Ridge Swim Team. John used his swimming talents to mentor those in the neighborhood, and many teammates improved under John's guidance. John loved coaching and put his heart and soul into making those fun-filled and successful summers.

While he lived in Ft. Collins, John opened up a small successful sandwich shop (Avogadro's Number) which was several blocks from the University. John then decided to venture into the last frontier, and sold his share in the shop and moved to Fairbanks Alaska. Avogadro's has changed and expanded over the years, but is still going strong at the same location where John opened it.

After several years in Alaska, John moved to the warmer climate of California where he lived for about 10 years in the Los Angeles area before passing away all too soon.

John has been very much missed by his parents, siblings, nieces, nephew and friends. He will always be remembered for his quick-sharp wit, keen intelligence, sense of adventure and ability to excel at all he attempted.

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10/19/10 11:56 AM #1    

John Brownlee

I knew John at Townsend Middle School into early Palo Verde years, then our interests pulled us in different directions.  He was an avid swimmer, and we spent the summer after 8th grade listening to KTKT, hanging at the Indian Ridge Pool with  friends from the neighborhood.  

Did Palo Verde ask freshmen to share lockers because of the split sessions?  I remember sharing one with John, and having frosh honors English w/ Beulah Boyd with John..... John often wore dark Clark Kent type glasses, for those who remember, very studious.

He was quiet, intelligent with a wonderful wit.  Any memories shared by other classmates would be GREATLY appreciated by me.  I  will  send them on to his sister who provided the above information.  We miss you John.

11/01/10 01:46 PM #2    

Twyla Stockham (Brickman)

John lived near me in Indian Ridge and we attended Townsend Juinor High together before Palo Verde & Sahuaro. He was a great guy, very friendly and sweet. I was very saddened to hear about his death at such a young age and so many years ago.

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