John Raymond Wilson Jr., 73, passed away from natural causes April 29th, 2017 at his home in Longmont, CO. Known as Mad Dog to his friends and Johnny to family, he loved camping, geology, and collecting antiques. He was a master mechanic and loved collecting and working on vintage cars of all types - particularly Chevys. John never shied away from a great prank and has always been known for his epic 4th of July celebrations and love of fireworks. He also enjoyed the simple things in life; his favorite being sitting on the porch during a lightning storm while drinking an ice cold Pepsi.
John was a life long entrepreneur, owning several businesses over the years. He helped develop some of Boulder's most recognizable neighborhoods, including Redwood. He was a master plumber and craftsman, and enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge of his trade with those he loved. John loved his family deeply and had many friends throughout the years whose company he cherished and who he gladly helped in any way he could.
John was born on November 21st, 1943 in St. Louis, MO to parents John Raymond and Margaret Mercedes Wilson. He moved to Boulder, CO in 1949 at the age of 5 years old and has lived in the area ever since.
He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Robert Louis Wilson and James Leo Wilson; and daughter Elizabeth Gail Wilson.
John is survived by sisters Catherine Ann McIntyre, Margaret Mary Wilson, and Grace Marie (Ed) Page; brother Michael Thomas (Judy) Wilson; daughters Rae Ann Forst and Deborah Sue (Larry) Thorndike; sons Darryl Richard Wilson and John Raymond (Lindsay) Wilson III; and seven grandchildren.
John was known as a man who loved to laugh and celebrate the good times. Thank you for your kind thoughts and considerations for John and his family.
Open House in Celebration of John’s Life will be held
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 1:30 PM at
4628 Apple Way, Boulder, CO 80301.