John Joseph Mahan Jr.
Chesapeake – John Mahan, 78, died June 12, 2017 at Chesapeake Regional Hospital. Mr. Mahan was born on April 28, 1939 in Worcester, MA., the son of John Mahan Sr. and Sylvia Ranieri. After graduation from Hamden CT. High School, he spent seven years in the United States Air Force as a Cryptanalyst. After that, he graduated from Worcester Junior College, received his BA in History from Clark University in Worcester and subsequently completed graduate work in Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
He spent a career as a Training and Education Specialist, first for the U.S. Census Bureau and then for the U.S. Army Engineer School, the Defense Mapping School and ended his government career as the Head of the Navy Drug and Alcohol Training and Education Program. He also worked for several private contractors and as a freelance writer and trainer. He worked for over 20 years as an instructor in Substance Abuse and Highway Safety for the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program and later as the Senior Case Manager at Chesapeake Bay ASAP in Virginia Beach, VA. He also did volunteer hospice work and volunteer work at several alcohol treatment centers.
He was a long time Red Sox and Redskins fan, as well as an American History buff, and he was devoted to his two dogs, Joey and Zuma.
His first marriage to Diane Dymek ended in divorce as did his second marriage to Sara (Sallie) Spurlock, however they remarried in 2008. He is survived by his son Dan and his family of New Bedford, MA; son Jay, Triangle, VA; and daughter Sara Mahan Danza and her family of Joshua Tree, CA; as well as nieces Elizabeth Marsh, Myrtle Beach, SC and Noel Baker, Windham, NH; and five grandchildren.
He wished to express his gratitude to both Diane and Sallie for all their support and for the blessings of his three grown children. He also expressed gratitude for the fellowship and friends in 12 Step Programs.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Unity Renaissance Church, 1120 Eden Way N., Chesapeake, VA 23320 with a reception following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a contribution to the charity of your choice in memory of John.