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John Mallaburn Jr

Posted By Carrie Franklin On June 28, 2019 @ 3:40 pm In Obituaries | 23 Comments

John Mallaburn Jr, aged 77 years, of Scottsdale Arizona went to heaven on Friday June 21st, 2019 at Hospice of the Valley Sherman Home in Scottsdale. He was surrounded by his loving family when he lost his long battle with cancer.

John was born to John Mallaburn Sr. and Ina (Topull) Mallaburn, on April 8th, 1942 in Johnston City, Illinois. There he lived a modest childhood as the son of a coalminer and a homemaker/hairdresser. He joined the United States Navy in 1959 and served aboard the U.S.S. Springfield – first a guided missile light cruiser then the flagship of the Commander, 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean.

After his discharge from the U.S. Navy, he worked various jobs until he found his calling to further service at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office beginning in 1973. In 1980, he met Janice Severns (married December 30th, 1981). John and Janice Mallaburn worked together at MCSO and raised three sons. They enjoyed years of camping, fishing and travel as a family. After retiring as a lieutenant in 2011, John divided his time between his recently purchased summer residence on the Central Oregon Coast and his home in Scottsdale.

John is survived by his wife Janice (Severns) Mallaburn, his sons Dax Mallaburn, Barrett (Milica) Mallaburn, and Carter Mallaburn. He had the privilege of being Poppy to his three grandsons: Ethan Mallaburn, Jacob Mallaburn, and Liam Mallaburn. John is also survived by his only sibling, his sister Ruth Ann (Mallaburn) Wright and her daughter, John’s beloved niece Lisa Ann (Wright) Lane who he lovingly referred to as “Bugs”.

About their father, each son has something special to remember and praise him for. His eldest son Dax will always remember his wise words and abiding love, and wants his father to rest in peace and know he’ll never forget him. Barrett thanks his father for his guidance in life and being a great Poppy to his three sons. His youngest son Carter is grateful for his father and for his commitment in all aspects of life, as well as his selfless acts of courage and love.

His wife Janice thanks him for loving her unconditionally, for their life together, and for the memories she’ll hold dear for all time.

The family plans to schedule a Celebration of Life in the Phoenix area sometime later this year. Notification to all will be made.

‘And I’m leaving my family
and I’m leaving my friends
My body’s at home
but my heart’s in the wind
Where the clouds are like headlines
on a new front-page sky
Shiver me timbers
I’m sailing away’

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Condolence from Jenny Jo on June 28th, 2019 7:18 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of John. When you think about MCSO and the kind people that you met that stay with you a lifetime, you think of John and Janice. Janice you are loved and supported by so many. You are the mom to us all and we are all praying for healing hearts as you go through life without John physically here. John thank you for the mentorship you gave us, the laughs and the forever memories. We love you John. God speed your journey to heaven and we will see you at a later date. Much love to your family! Much love to Mama Janice!

Condolence from Nick Larkin on June 28th, 2019 7:27 pm

Great man . I was a kid and he pointed me in the right direction.
Thanks John. Never forget.

Condolence from Richard Gal on June 30th, 2019 7:54 pm

My condolences, Janice you were a superstar at Madison and John was the coolest Lt. I am very lucky to have worked there when both of you were supervisors. John was always good to me. I always appreciated both of you. I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers and love with you and the boys.

Condolence from Howard Waldrep on June 28th, 2019 7:33 pm

Very sorry for your loss. John was a great guy and I’m glad I had the pleasure of knowing him these last 15 years.

Condolence from Gloria Stuhmer on June 28th, 2019 7:50 pm

Janice, may I once again say how sorry I am for your loss. You and John were so lucky to have found each other.

Condolence from Mike Pennington on June 28th, 2019 7:57 pm

Sincere condolences to you and your family and friends!

Condolence from Pamela Woody on June 28th, 2019 8:27 pm

So sad. The thoughts and prayers to your family. Enjoyed meeting John at MCSO. He was a kind a gentle man. He will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Marlene on June 28th, 2019 8:40 pm

Wow…What a Amazing man and such a loving family. I have such a special place in my heart for all of you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May he Rest in Peace.

Condolence from Valory Doss on June 28th, 2019 8:55 pm

Janice, my heart goes out to you and your family. He had a wonderful life, filled with family Adventure and love. Wish I could give you a hug right now, since I can’t, be prepared for an extra big one the next time I see you.

Condolence from Gerardo Jerry Rosas on June 29th, 2019 7:22 am

so sorry for your loss, He was my first Sgt @ MCSO back in 1979, lots of great memories, I learned alot from him.

Condolence from Robert on June 29th, 2019 9:28 am

Rest In Peace, John. Thank you for your example and leadership!! I always enjoyed working with you with MCSO!!

Robert Dimon

Condolence from Chuck Sankey on June 29th, 2019 12:48 pm

John was my first corporals at the old jail Annex so I have known him for many, many years. John was always one of the great supervisors, you never worked for him, you worked with him. I was proud to call him friend for these many years. He was one of the best and he will be missed

Condolence from Barb P. on June 29th, 2019 3:02 pm

My sincerest condolences to Janice and family… My gosh, Lt. Mallaburn was hilarious–I enjoyed being around him; his sense of humor were one-liners with a straight poker face! He was a very kind man with a generous heart… and will always be remembered for those beautiful traits.

Condolence from Emily Carter on June 29th, 2019 3:27 pm

My heart and condolences go out to you mum , from what Dax told me about his dad he was an amazing father, husband and college . forever in my thoughts.

Condolence from Shannon Reed on June 29th, 2019 11:15 pm

Janice so sorry for your boys and your loss.. Prayers for you guys and big hugs coming your way.
John was always a fighter and he gave it his all…He is in a better place and you gained a guardian angel to watch over you and the boys.. love you sweet lady!

Condolence from Robert and Tiffani Shaw on June 30th, 2019 5:33 pm

Thinking of all of you and hope that all of your happy memories get you through this very difficult time. Love and prayers.

Condolence from Pat Turner on July 1st, 2019 1:18 pm

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the time of your loss. Memories are made for difficult times such as this. God Bless, Pat Turner (Sims) Retired May 2005

Condolence from Hank Dean on July 1st, 2019 2:45 pm

Janice, I am very sorry for your loss. John was the first Sgt. I met when I became a member of the MCSO family in July 1980. He and I worked together over the years a few times, on a few assignments. He definitely had the knowledge and experience and a good person to learn from. My prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Ruth on July 2nd, 2019 10:51 pm

My condolences to the entire Mallaburn family for your loss. I didn’t know John personally but knew of his live for life and family through his son, Carter. I am grateful for how John and Janice always welcome my son, Nick and included him to join in adventures. Many memories are in the hearts of all he touched. Rest In Peace!

Condolence from Cindy Roberts on July 3rd, 2019 2:40 pm

Wow what a great life he led as a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather he fought a good fight and you have so many great memories he was such a kind and loving man he will be missed by all we are thinking of you Janice and the boys and the family love Andy and Cindy Steven and Andy to

Condolence from Steve and Heidi Bunch on July 3rd, 2019 6:16 pm

Heidi and me are so sorry for your loss. John was such a good person. In my early years at MCSO he showed us what patience and kindness is all about in how to treat people even if they are in jail.

Condolence from Grace Fribbs on July 5th, 2019 8:15 pm

Deepest sympathy to Janice and children and grandchildren. May loving memories embrace all.

Condolence from DAVID LOGAN on August 6th, 2019 12:02 am

I am so sorry to hear he is gone, I loved working with him. I will miss him.

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