John Alan Guthrie was born on March 19, 1947 in Mesa, AZ and died November 19, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ at the age of 74.
John was a fourth generation Arizona native. He was proud to be a native Arizonan, living in various parts of the Phoenix area, Prescott and Wickenburg throughout his life. He graduated from Alhambra High School in Phoenix and briefly attended college before moving on to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball. He played minor league baseball for the San Francisco Giants organization until 1966. It was then he was drafted into the United States Army where he served proudly during the Vietnam War.
After his return from the war, John began a career in construction which would be his lifelong occupation. His true loves, however, were his family and the sports of baseball & softball. John played competitive men's fast-pitch softball for decades, playing well into his 40's. He won numerous championships at the local, state and national levels. John was officially inducted into the Arizona Softball Hall of Fame in 2012.
John was preceded in death by his father, William H. Guthrie, mother Vivian L. Guthrie, brother James C. Guthrie, sister Charlotte J. Burow, and brother William H. Guthrie, II.
John is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Guthrie, brother Thomas Guthrie, and daughters Lori Benedict, Jennifer Guthrie and Blythe White. He also leaves behind the true lights of his life, his six grandchildren, Shane, Shelby, Matthew, Sadie, Kendric, Ella and his three great-granddaughters, Ava, Savvy and Sloane.
A memorial service will be held at the Prescott National Cemetery in Prescott, AZ at a later date, still to be determined.