John Clinton Beaver
John Clinton Beaver

October 14, 1946 - August 22, 2019
Born in Harrisburg, PA
Resided in Bowling Green, Kentucky


John Clinton Beaver lost his courageous battle with multiple myeloma on Thursday August 22 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. His son Kevin was by his side. “John" to his friends and “Jack” to his family, he was born on October 14,1946 to John Kenneth Beaver and Elizabeth Fretz Beaver in Harrisburg, Pa. His childhood was spent in Pennsylvania and Missouri.

A 1964 graduate of McCluer Senior High in St. Louis, MO he later acquired degrees in both Criminal Justice and Parks and Recreation from Eastern Washington State University and Spokane Community College respectively. He served in the US Air Force for seven years (1966 to 1973), especially enjoying his time in Puerto Rico.

A lover of the out-of-doors, John had a forty year career with the National Park Service which included time at Yosemite, Mt. Rainier, the LBJ Ranch in Texas, where he served as photographer for “Ladybird” Johnson. He completed his career at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky as Contracts Manager, retiring in 2006.

John had a passion for history, politics, his cats Bouncer and Squirt and nature. He was a founding member of the Bowling Green Canoe and Kayaking Club where he made many friends. He will be remembered for his sense of humor (ever a tease), his kindness and his enthusiastic optimism. A lifelong liberal he was always willing to stand up for the less fortunate. He was also generous with his considerable skills and acumen, occasionally to the point of being annoying. (He is forgiven)

He is survived by his son, Kevin Lee Beaver of Yorba Linda, California, his grandsons Juan Carlos and Elian Santiago Beaver and his “big sister” Carol Snyder of St. Louis, Mo. He was preceded in death by his younger brother Ed Beaver and his beloved cat Bouncer. He will be remembered warmly by his nephews and nieces, Nathaniel Beaver, Max Miller, John Snyder and Elizabeth Lutz, by George and Lisa Bennett and dearly missed by grandnieces and nephews ,Lexi and Justin Lutz and Elizabeth (Liz) Bennett. He recently reconnected with two stepdaughters, Jamie Sims Coakley and Stacey Hightower, who will also miss him. He is survived by two ex wives, Mildred Beaver Mashburn and Mary Ellen Hill who remember him fondly.

A Memorial Service will be held at the KOA Campground, 1960 Three Springs Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 1st, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s honor to the Barron River Area Safe Space (serving victims of domestic abuse), P.O. Box 1941, Bowling Green, Ky 42102 or to the Humane Society, 1925 River Street, Bowling Green, KY, 42101.



Memorial Service
KOA Campground Building
1960 Three Springs Road
Bowling Green, KY US 42104
Sunday, September 1, 2019
3:00 PM