John Whiting, 90, passed away peacefully at home in Basalt, CO with family at his side and in the loving competent care of Our Nurses staff, Basalt, CO.
He was one of three children born to Justin and Nellie (Patsy) Whiting in Jackson, MI, raised in New York and graduated from Scarsdale HS, NY, and attended Michigan State University. He excelled in his career with Hayes Albion Corporation, Jackson, MI to become President and CEO in 1982.
John’s civic contributions included Chairman Jackson Co. United Way; Jackson School Board; Pres. Board Country Club of Jackson; Member Lion’s Club; Board of Directors: Lefere Forge Co. and Comerica Bank of Jackson.
John was an avid golfer and outdoor enthusiast. He hiked the Applachian Trail from Georgia to Mt. Katadin, Maine; the Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver where he worked on several trail crews; South Island of New Zealand; Washakie Wilderness outside of Cody, Wyoming; Alaska; Isle Royale; and numerous trails in the Roaring Fork Valley.
He and his wife Lucylee, while residing at Lake LeAnn in MI, enjoyed skiing, an interest which brought them to Aspen where they have maintained a residence in Snowmass and later Basalt, CO for nearly 40 years.
John is survived by his loving family: Brother, Justin Whiting, Vero Beach, Fla.; Wife Lucylee; His three sons: John Jr. Haslett, MI; Jeffrey (Cindee), Park City, Utah; William (Kathy), Jackson, MI, 4 grandsons, and 3 great grandsons.
John was a talented storyteller and brought joy and laughter to many over the years.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Jackson MI at a later date.
Donations may be made in his name to the Evans Scholars Foundation, PO Box 301, Golf, Ill, 60029, or to the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History, 3225 4th St., Jackson MI, 49203, or to a charity of your choice.
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The town of Basalt is working on an update to its 2007 master plan. The document will be a blueprint for how and where the town will grow. But the family that has owned a 180-acre ranch at the edge of town for nearly 60 years objected Tuesday to the document’s parameters for its property.