John H Lister Jr.

John H Lister Jr.

August 12, 1960 – July 26, 2016

Say not in grief he is no more – but live in thankfulness that he was.

Beloved son of Wendy M. Lister; predeceased by father, John H. Lister, Sr. Three daughters who were the jewels of his life ~ daughters Stephanie Lynn, Tierney Lane and Melanie Shay Lister; predeceased by infant daughter Jennifer Elizabeth Lister. Dear brother of Kathryn L. Lister and James D. Lister. Brother-in-law to Stephanie Lister of Spokane and Azzeddine Mouhoub of Bellevue. Survived by 9 nieces and 1 nephew.

Birth in Seattle August 12, 1960. John died peacefully and unexpectedly at home in Altamonte Springs, Florida July 26, 2016.

John’s years through school and adulthood were primarily on Mercer Island, a High School graduate of 1978. He married Andrea B. Lister in California; separated at time of death.

John was hired at Discovery Marketing (a Rainsoft Dealership in Orlando) and quickly rose from salesman to manager to regional Vice President overseeing 16 offices. He was a master at recruiting and training and won many many awards for his abilities. He was awarded the “Excalibur” ~ an honor created just for this unprecedented level of achievement so far above anything ever accomplished before. A natural salesman, genius at marketing and training.

Recently he aspired to be the new Dr. Seuss, writing limerick’s that were priceless. He felt pressure to do well…but he loved it and our hearts smiled with him in unison. He was such a sports devotee; an encyclopedia of facts, opinions and predictions.

His thrill would be that we are asking that in lieu of flowers a memorial be sent to Russel Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation, dedicated to engage, inspire and motivate today’s youth. A particular love of Russell’s is Children’s Hospital. They saved John’s life when he was 18 months old which gave him (and us) 654 months more of a spirited lifeline to light up the world until he reached a very shy 56 (his birth date of August 12th).

In memory of John, please make a donation to Russell Wilson’s ‘Why Not You Foundation.’ The foundation’s mission is to motivate and inspire today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. To donate, visit or mail a check to Russell’s Foundation at 3200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA, 98033.

Private family services were held at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park.

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