I remember so fondly working with John at Riley Engineering in the 80's. He taught me so much about piping and plumbing that still remains with me today. He was also the source of endless stories and jokes. Even a long 3 hour drive to Walla Walla would pass quickly with John's constant entertaining stories.
I still remember the one about a small town that had to replace a main water valve on then city tank. They were prepared to drain the whole tank and be with out water for a couple of days. But John suggested that he be allowed to do it with out draining the the tank. The faulty valve was removed and he quickly started the threads on the replacement valve when the tank drew a brief suction at the beginning of the draining process. It was a gutsy move and there was only one chance to get it right, but he did it and the town was spared from a lengthy dry spell. Just one of his many stories.
My thoughts will be with John and his wife today.
Jake Laete, P.E.
Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Gonzaga Univ.