John McClurg


After high school I attended SF State, car-pooling with Doreen OĠDonnell, Kurt Kruger, and others (including Barbara Bondono, Wayne HooperĠs future wife).  The summers were spent working for the City of San Bruno (with Johnny Browne, Randy Rothman, and Greg Rodgers.  John DeVries and I spent one entire summer painting the water storage tank above Crestmoore).  I graduated with a BA in the Social Sciences/Art and a secondary teaching credential.


After graduation I married my best friend, Doreen OĠDonnell, and we moved to Sutter, CA to teach.  After 2 years we settled in Weaverville, a small mountain town in Northern California (a place that Craig Arnot and I had driven through in 63Ġ and thought would make a great place to live).  Here, Doreen and I built our home, raised our two wonderful daughters and became an active part of the community.  I taught for 37 years (33 in the same school) in grades 4-8, the last 20 or so years in Junior High.  I thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm and candor of this age group; we had a lot of fun.  In 2002, both Doreen and I retired (or finally graduated, as we like to say) from teaching at the same school.


In our new life we spend much time in Anchorage and LA with our daughters and grandchildren.  We are active gardeners, hikers, and bicyclists (when we can get to flat land), have done a lot of traveling, and we are active in our church.  I spend a lot of time in my woodshop (just finished new cabinets in the laundry room and DoreenĠs sewing room), wood cutting, and I currently serve on two boards.


Our life has been more than half full.