JOHN M. DOWNER, LTJG, USN

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John Downer '75

Date of birth: January 8, 1953

Date of death: December 18, 1977

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1975 Lucky Bag:

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JOHN DOWNER

Scotland, South Dakota

Lured from the innocence and simple pleasures of Scotland, South Dakota, to the fleshpots of Annapolis. Johnny Downer soon carved his unique niche in the hearts and minds of those with whom he came in contact (or collided). Enjoying the curses and blessing of a temper to match the color of his usually overabundant hair (with a caustic tongue as well), he time after time endeared himself to OOO's company officers, roommates, and Bible-beaters all over Bancroft. Of course life does have its rough spots — but what better to do during June Week than stare at the 8th wing parking lot? Lead driver in the toyota demolition derby, runner extraordinary, and a man who said, "Lips that touch liquor will never mine." Actually, under all that uncombed hair sits a fairly penetrating person, sometimes looking sarcastically at surrounding flora and fauna (especially the two-legged kind), and sometimes showing that humanity he often tries to hide. Navy Air (and maybe civilian line some years hence) will do well to have him.

1975 Downer LB.jpg

JOHN DOWNER

Scotland, South Dakota

Lured from the innocence and simple pleasures of Scotland, South Dakota, to the fleshpots of Annapolis. Johnny Downer soon carved his unique niche in the hearts and minds of those with whom he came in contact (or collided). Enjoying the curses and blessing of a temper to match the color of his usually overabundant hair (with a caustic tongue as well), he time after time endeared himself to OOO's company officers, roommates, and Bible-beaters all over Bancroft. Of course life does have its rough spots — but what better to do during June Week than stare at the 8th wing parking lot? Lead driver in the toyota demolition derby, runner extraordinary, and a man who said, "Lips that touch liquor will never mine." Actually, under all that uncombed hair sits a fairly penetrating person, sometimes looking sarcastically at surrounding flora and fauna (especially the two-legged kind), and sometimes showing that humanity he often tries to hide. Navy Air (and maybe civilian line some years hence) will do well to have him.

Loss

John was killed when his A-7 Corsair II crashed near Naval Air Station Fallon, NV, on December 18, 1977. He was a member of Attack Squadron (VA) 122, which was stationed at NAS Lemore, CA.

Family

He was survived by his wife, Sherri.


Class of 1975

John is one of 8 members of the Class of 1975 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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