John R. Layson passed away on May 10, 2017, at his home in The Dalles, Ore. John was born April 16, 1944, in Trenton, Mo., to John A. Layson and Bonnie L. Layson (Williams).
His family moved to Seattle when John was 7 years old. He graduated from Ballard High in 1962. He went on to Washington State University and graduated in 1968 with a BA in hotel and restaurant administration. John moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1981 and met and married Carolyn in 1983. They owned and operated Carolyn's Restaurants in Hood River and White Salmon and Chianti's in Hood River. He and Carolyn moved to The Dalles in 2004.
John was preceded in death by his father, John A. Layson, mother Bonnie L. Layson and only sibling Earl Dean Layson.
John is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carolyn Layson of The Dalles, daughter Kimberly (Layson) Stohr of Tigard, Ore., son Micheal Layson of South Dakota and daughter Kristy Long of The Dalles, and grandchildren Abby Stohr, Jeremy Stohr, Sarah Troxell and Jacob Smith.
A celebration of life will be held on June 10 at 11 a.m. at Anderson's Tribute Center in Hood River.
Memorial donations can be made to The Dalles Lions Club, PO box 235, The Dalles, OR 97058.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www. AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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