John Brix Altstadt died peacefully Aug 26, 2013, following a full weekend with his family and care-giving angels at Spring Ridge Court.
John was born in Portland to Irene Brix Altstadt and George John Altstadt, Dec 8, 1930. He attended Beaumont Grade School and graduated the class of '49 from Grant High school. He then attended Oregon State University for two years where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He then transferred to University of Oregon, where he graduated from the business school. He married Mary Louise Austin in 1954
He served in US Air Force during the Korean War as a member of AC & W Squadron based in Southern California. John and his wife moved back to Portland where he worked at ESCO Corporation for 15 years. In 1972 he took over his father's business, and operated Fisher Bros. in Astoria. He later went on to operate Sea Coast Towing, a marine transportation operation in Seattle for eight years. He divorced and married Sue Anderton Murphy in 1979.
John served on: Tax Supervising & Conservation Commission under Governor Tom McCall (1972-75), Thomas Edison High School Board of Directors, Clatsop County Economic Development Committee, Clatsop County Planning Commission, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum board.
John spent much of his life at the coast and always loved the Ocean and fishing. He held residence in both Portland and Gearhart, eventually retiring permanently to Gearhart in 1994. John had roots in Astoria and Ocean Park, Washington and was so pleased to have a 5th generation of his family spending summers in Ocean Park as he had done that with his current pals back in the 1930's.
He was a member of the Astoria Country Club and Multnomah Athletic Club. He and Sue enjoyed traveling. John prided himself on traveling to 32 foreign countries and 35 states. He was a volunteer with International Executive Corp and lived in Croatia with Sue. They were there for 3 months training young business students.
John is survived by his wife, Sue, and his daughter Louise Helen Altstadt (Hallman) and son-in-law Garth Hallman and grandchildren, John Austin Hallman and Hadlee Irene Hallman, his son John Austin Altstadt and his wife, Julie Altstadt and her daughters Taylor Markussen and Hailey Markussen.
There will be a service at Trinity Episcopal Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 1pm.
John and his family would like to thank all his friends and the staff at Spring Ridge Court for being such a solid and loving community for him. He felt very blessed by his entire life, family and friends.
In lieu of flowers John would like any donation in his memory to go to the Maritime Museum in Astoria or Beaumount grade School or Grant High School.