John Jay Wise kicked the bucket 15 November 2019.
Johnny was born 23 July 1954 to John and Phyllis Murphy Wise in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up and attended schools in Mount Healthy. He was the middle child of five siblings. He graduated Mt. Healthy High School in 1972 and promptly entered active duty in the U.S. Air Force, with service during and beyond the end of the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1976.
In June 1977 John moved to Utah and worked as a carpenter and pursued his life-long interest in most things outdoors. In 1980 Johnny moved to Logan, Utah to attend school at Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources, graduating in 1985. It was in Logan where he met, and later married Diane Behl. That union lasted 20 years and produced his much beloved sons, Jack and Adam.
Johnny worked varied jobs and occupations while in Utah, including 10 years as a reporter and editor at The Herald Journal newspaper in Logan. He was a skilled carpenter and left his mark in many houses and businesses in Cache Valley, including the Cache County Courthouse and the Thatcher Mansion.
After five years wandering around in Utah, Colorado, Montana and Arizona John took a job with the US Forest Service and moved to Douglas, Wyoming in 2009. Pleased he found stable and satisfying employment, his next quest was exploring new environs. And woman. He’d been told that in The Equality State there is a woman behind every tree - at least the trees that had not been cut down to build snow fences. What seemed at the time a far-fetched dream came true on Johnny’s 56th birthday, when he met a young and lovely woman at a Casper coffee shop. An internet dating site provided their initial introduction. John and Sue were married 5 May 2019. Their loving relationship continued until Johnny’s death.
Johnny’s siblings include sisters, Phyllis Lynn Wise McDaniel of Jamestown, Ohio; the late Peggy Ann Wise; Mary Kathleen Wise Haussler and Tracy Alan Wise, both of Cincinnati. He is survived by his sons, Jack and Adam, and wife, Susan Marie.