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Obituary: John Alexander

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John Daniel Alexander, who was Del Norte County's clerk/recorder for 20 years, died June 13, 2008.

Alexander was born Oct. 3, 1943, in San Francisco to John and Katie Alexander. He graduated from George Washington High School, then attended San Francisco City College, transferred to San Jose State and received his BA in psychology and criminal law.

He moved to Crescent City in December 1970 and worked for the Del Norte County Probation Department. In 1978 he was elected to the office of county clerk/recorder. In that post, he was in charge of all elections until his retirement in 1998.

At one time, "he was the most respected county official in Del Norte County," said his longtime friend, Bob Berkowitz.

That was the result of a 1992 survey condudcted by Berkowitz' business, Lifestyles Research Company.

"He was fair and impartial to everyone," Berkowitz said.

Vicky Frazier, Del Norte County Clerk/Recorder, who worked with Alexander until taking over his position in 1999 said he was very good at his job because he was personable.

"When you work with the public you have to have that sense of people, which he did have," Frazier said. "He was wonderful."

One of his proudest accomplishments was to have his office be the first county to report all of its election results to the state.

In 1979, Alexander married Patricia "Patti" Leavitt. They had a happy marriage and the family became complete after bringing a young man from Bosnia in 1998, named Ognjen Popadic. Ogi became the Alexanders' son unofficially; but in their hearts Ogi was their son. Ogi eventually changed his name to Phillip.

Alexander was a member of the Crescent City Elks Lodge, a member and past president of Crescent City Rotary and Masonic Lodge #45, a member of Aahmes Temple of Shrine, and a member of Gila Mountain United Methodist Church in Yuma, Ariz. He was a past assistant chief with the Gasquet Fire Protection District. He was, at the time of his death, serving as a board member of the Del Norte Healthcare District.

He loved traveling, visiting world capitols, and especially cruising with Patti. In his younger years, he enjoyed backpacking and camping around Devil's Punchbowl and Island Lake.

He is survived by his wife Patti of Gasquet, son Phillip Popadic and his wife Ellie of Crescent City; sister Joan Nitis of San Francisco; brother Tom Alexander of Mill Valley; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mike and Vicki Leavitt of Crescent City; Terry and Sue Leavitt of Bend, Ore,; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Barbara and Jim Howard of Port Orchard, Wash.; uncles Dr. John Mirza of San Diego. Ken Mirza of San Jose, and Al Leavitt of Yuma; nephews Joel Leavitt (Kara) of Crescent City, Justin Leavitt of Crescent City and Robert Howard (Janae) of Port Orchard, Wash.; niece Andrea Howard of Port Orchard; numerous other nieces and nephews, cousins, close friends and neighbors in Del Norte County and Yuma.

John was preceded in death by his parents John and Katie Alexander and his brother-in-law, Paul Nitis.

Contributions may be made to Scripps Health Foundation Cardiac Unit, in memory of John D. Alexander, 10666 N. Torrey Pines Road, 109N, La Jolla, CA 92037 or Asante Foundation, c/o Rogue Valley Medical Center, in memory of John D. Alexander, 2600 Siskiyou Blvd, Ste 100, Medford, OR, 97504.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from noon until 7 p.m. at Wier's Mortuary Chapel, 408 G St., Crescent City.

Funeral services will be held at the Foursquare Gospel Church, 144 Butte St., Crescent City, on Thursday at 1 p.m. Interment will take place at the Masonic Cemetery, Crescent City. A fellowship will follow at the Hampton Inn, 100 A St., Crescent City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.

 

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