Lives Lived: John Tompkins |

Lives Lived: John Tompkins

John A. Tompkins, known as “Miner John” died March 19, 2010, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 63.

Mr. Tompkins was born June 13, 1946, to David Tompkins and Edith Brackman. He married Jeannie Woodruff and was employed as a logger and miner. “Miner John” lived in the town of Washington and in Nevada County for more than 20 years.

He enjoyed 4-wheeling on the mountain roads, dredging and panning for gold and fishing. He volunteered often, taking visitors around the area in his “Tonka Toy” Jeep. He liked to share his knowledge of the area with all.

He was “brother” to the four sisters. His companion Gunther, a dacshund, gave him many hours of happiness during his lengthy illness.

The Washington Paramedics grew to know him well during this time. They were there when he needed them several times in these past months. The family thanks them all.

Mr. Tompkins is survived by Joyce Arnew of Grass Valley; June (Chuck) Gordon of Gold Bar, Wash.; Bertie (Larry) McGinness; Edrie (Chuck) Latham; James (Sharon) Simpson, all of Grass Valley. He is also survived by several nieces; a nephew; cousins; Doug Janousek, friend and caregiver; special friends June Dow and Stephanie (Jeff) Wagnecht.

He was preceded in death by his father David Tompkins on January 18, 2000; mother Edith Brackman on February 18, 1996; and wife Jeannie Woodruff.

A memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Fire Department and Paramedics.

Arrangements are by Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.

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