John Law went home to be with the Lord his Savior on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. John was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, to John and Evelyn Law. He was the oldest of five children (Jeanne, George, Jimmy and Dona).
John graduated in January 1949 from Lincoln High School in Cleveland and enlisted in the Navy the same year. He was an electronics technician on a submarine. After three years of service, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he played Lacrosse.
John met his wife, Wilma Lou Tailon, on a blind date in 1949 and they were married Aug. 30, 1953. John and Wilma were blessed with seven children: Becky, John, Joe Daniel, Andy, Samuel, Joe Douglas and Tiffany. Throughout the years, they opened their home to many people and once you met them you were considered part of the family.
John graduated with honors in (1957) from Case Institute of Technology. John played strong pulling guard on the football team while at Case. The school cheer started "2, 4, 6, 8, it's time to differentiate " They didn't even have bleachers for the fans. Fortunately, the school bus driver was kind enough to let Wilma sit on the bus, since she was pregnant with their eldest child. He earned a master's degree (1960) and doctorate (1962) in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After graduating, John taught at Montana State University. They moved to New York in 1963. He worked as chief electrical engineer for Carrier Corp. R&D, where he led a group that designed the air conditioning for the Sears Tower. Ten years later, ready for a new adventure, John and Wilma accepted a teaching job at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. In 1975, they moved to Moscow and John taught for the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho. He was the national executive officer for Tau Beta Pi from 1978 to 1982. During the summers he worked for INL and NASA.
John loved the Lord Jesus and was active in the church. John was always showing God's love to others and sharing his faith to encourage those around him. He enjoyed singing, barbershop, canoeing, working outdoors at the home he and Wilma had built on Moscow Mountain, telling stories, people, square dancing, family camping trips and sailing. For years he was a scoutmaster, leading many canoe trips and winter freeze outs. John and Wilma sang at the nursing home every Tuesday since 1984. John and Wilma loved to travel - Alaska, Romania, Transylvania, Tibet, China, Scotland, Mexico, and most importantly trips to visit family.
John was preceded in death by his granddaughter Emmie and his sister Jeanne. He is survived by his wife, Wilma; their children, Becky and Craig E. Pope of Moscow, Idaho, John and Lisa Law of Dundee Mich., Joe and Ryan Law of Moscow, Andy and Liz Law of Spokane, Wash., Joe and Cathy Law of Anchorage, Alaska, and Tiffany North of San Diego, Calif.; 20 grandchildren, Kellie, Craig, Ryan, Christine, Jason, Michelle, Paris, Parker, Garrett, Allie, John Andrew, Juliet, Hannah, Aaron, Hailey, Caleb, Joshua, Daniel, Gabriel and Josiah; and two great-grandchildren, Owen and a brand-new baby boy.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Nazarene Church in Moscow, Idaho. If you would like to make a gift in John's honor, please consider the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.