John lngvoldstad, 77, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 7th, with his wife Kate and his brother-in-law Ken at his side. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier with brain cancer. During this period, he stayed very positive and never complained ... most friends did not realize the extent of his illness. He consciously decided to concentrate on what truly made him happy, and for him this meant leading 1-2 hikes weekly for his beloved Meetup group. These were frequently long and hard hikes, involving bushwacking and route finding. John was never lost and he didn't use GPS.
John was born in Chicago in 1943 to Ruth Sherwin lngvoldstad and John Hill lngvoldstad. Brothers Roy (Anita) and Walt still live in Chicago, as do his niece Amy and nephew Bill. His nephew Ben lives in Washington D.C. In 1966, John graduated U of Illinois with a degree in engineering. For the first ten years, he worked on the east coast in nuclear industries. But when he stepped off the plane in San Jose in the late 70's, he knew he had found heaven. The skies were sunny, the air was warm, and there was snow in the faraway mountains. At first, he worked for GE Nuclear, followed by contract jobs at NASA, Pac Bell, and PGE. His intelligence, integrity, and organizational skills were well rewarded. He and his wife Kate moved to Volcano in 1992, and he often commuted back to the Bay Area ... but in 2008 he was allowed to work totally from home. In 2015, he retired from AT&T.
John was very much involved in strenuous outdoor activities like mountain climbing and peakbagging. He led many trips for the Sierra Club, including National and Alaska trips. He also was a savvy international traveler, and with his wife Kate took extended trips to Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala, New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, SE Asia, and Alaska. These trips were mostly active and outdoor-centric and never involved organized tours. Serendipity was the guiding principle.
Locally, he played keyboard in the band Blow Daddy, was a docent at the Carson Pass Information Station, and volunteered on numerous committees concerned with environmental issues. Finally, John was an outrageous punster and loved to joke around. He easily injected his sense of humor into any situation. He will be missed.