John Paul Adams, age 78, died in his Phoenix, AZ home on Thursday, January 31. He joins his loving daughter, Cindy, parents Lloyd and Mary Jo, and brothers Joseph, James, and Robert who all predeceased him. Son Mark, daughter-in-law Hayley, son-in-law Steve, and grandchildren Emma, Noah, Leah, Sarah, and Bode survive him. Barbara Adams of Corvallis, Oregon is the mother of his children.
John was born on December 5, 1940 in Dixon, Missouri. He graduated from Coggon High School (Coggon, Iowa) in 1959. He graduated from Drury University (Springfield, Missouri) in 1964 with a degree in psychology. John spent his working life with the YMCA where he exemplified leadership, mentorship, and service to others. He was a father figure and friend to countless campers, staff members, and colleagues from the United States and around the globe.
His YMCA camp career included stops at Phantom Lake (Wisconsin), Camp Foster (Iowa), Camp Speers-Eljabar (Pennsylvania), Camp Florida, and Camp Hanes (North Carolina). Following his retirement from YMCA Camp Hanes in 1995, He moved to Phoenix, AZ. During the ensuing years, he relished his role as “papa” for his grandchildren. He was also instrumental in providing friendship, guidance, and support for his many friends in the Latino community. All who were blessed to know him will miss him, and his influence and spirit of service will always be remembered. Services were private.Print Obituary & Condolences