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John Thomas King

November 15, 1940 –
 December 9, 2022


John Thomas King, age 82, passed away peacefully, on December 9, 2022, in Carrollton, Texas. John was born in Alpine, Texas to Valery Washington King and Bertha Lou King, on November 15, 1940.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Lou King, his father, Valery Washington King, his brothers, V.W. King Jr. and Edward King, his wife, Doris Jo Popham King, and their son, John Thomas King Jr., and his wife Peggy Anne Karvonen King.

John was raised in Alpine, Texas and after graduation attended Sul Ross College, in Alpine Texas. He loved the Big Bend area of Texas and spoke of it often. He was a Ham Radio Operator (K5CDV) and enjoyed collecting Ham radio equipment. He particularly enjoyed restoring World War II equipment. During the big flood in Sanderson Texas John furnished the only communication out of the town. He was a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, and enjoyed many friendships created through his love of Ham Radios.

He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Farmers Branch, where over the years he served as a Deacon, served in the youth group, and ran the sound system.

He was a sports fan and loved the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. He was kindhearted and had a big smile. He loved animals and rescued many pets throughout his life.

John was employed as a Communications Specialist with the City of Dallas, implementing the radio and microwave communications for the Dallas Police, and Fire Departments. Additionally, he provided technical support for the city owned radio station WRR. He retired from the City of Dallas after 40 years of service.

He is survived by his children Claudia Grose and her husband, Clint, Paul King and his wife, Sarah, Joe King, and his wife Wendy, Margaret Hubble, Karl Karvonen, and his wife Carey, George Karvonen, Karen Caswell, and her husband Tim, and grandchildren, Laura, Kyle, Becky, Ashley, Timothy, Daniel Jr., Christopher, Paul David, Zachary, and Caiden. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved dog, Jack.

The memorial service will be held on December 17, 2022, at 3:00pm, at the First Baptist Church of Farmers Branch.

If you’re unable to attend, the memorial will be live streamed on YouTube@firstbaptistfarmers-

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    Phyllis Allen
    17 Dec 2022

    I knew Mr. King at FBCFB. What a loving grandfather!! Many times he brought 3 young boys, Danny, Zachary and Christopher to church by himself. Phyllis Allen

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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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