John "Doc" Tinker
Doc died May 25, 2012 after being recently diagnosed with cancer.
John was born in New York City in 1946 and after graduation from The Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania, he joined the Navy. As a corpsman he was attached to the 3/26 Marines. In Vietnam, he served in the battles of Khe Sahn and Con Thien. For wounds received, John was a recipient of four Purple Hearts.
After his service was completed, John then went on to graduate from Brooks Film Institute and after periodically studying with Ansel Adams, spent 30+ years as an award-winning commercial photographer working for many of the Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies in this country.
Retired to the Oregon coast, John devoted his time to designing and creating fine wood furniture, gourmet cooking, and raising champion Welsh terriers. He was also known to cast a fly-or-two on some of Oregon's great trout streams.
John was very versatile and knowledgeable on most subjects which made him and his life very interesting. He will be missed incredibly by his wife, Christine of Gleneden Beach, Oregon; daughter, Caroline of Cave Junction, Oregon; and his sister, Mary Tinker Hatch of Boston, MA.
Doc was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.