John Franklin Hazen, Jr. 95 years
Born February 3, 1918 Beverly, Mass. -Died November 24, 2013 Nashville, TN. John was a loving husband and wonderful father who was predeceased by his parents, John F. Hazen, Sr. and Hazel Norton Hazen, brother, Charles Hazen, and his wife of 57 years, Anne Turrentine Hazen. Survived by: daughter Barbara Dorn (Karen Aguero), Tampa, Fl, sons John (Jack) F. Hazen (Dawn), Nashville, TN, David C. Hazen (Donna), Lyons, CO, Raymond C. Hazen (Susan), Nashville, TN grandchildren: John Myers (Amy), St. Petersburg, Fl., Molly Myers, Los Angeles, CA, Taylor Prescott, Atlanta, GA, Ahsha Hazen, Denver, CO, Andrew Hazen, Huntsville, AL, Jesse Hazen, Huntsville, AL, Amelia Hazen, Portland, OR, Katy (Brent) Turney, Denver, CO, Dan Seidman (Katie) Lafayette, CO, Alana Seidman, Denver CO, Lillian Hazen, Nashville, TN, great grandchildren, Jacob Seidman of Lafayette, CO, and Jacob, Bradley, Amanda, and Ava Myers, St. Petersburg, FL.
John's childhood was filled with trips to his grandmother's farm where he kept his horse. He spent much time swimming, rowing, and sailing Maine's lakes and coastal waters. His parents had a simple cottage perched on the rocks overlooking the Atlantic. He was a graduate of Trinity College.
World War II took him to the South Pacific where he commanded a fleet of 5 LST amphibious landing ships, with stops in New Guinea, Hawaii, and Australia. He married his partner in love and life, Anne Turrentine in 1947 in Johnson City, TN. They lived in New Orleans, Birmingham, and finally Nashville where John worked in the insurance business for many years.
John started running for fitness in his early 50s and became an elite endurance athlete. He competed in countless races over the years. He trained as a triathlete which led to his winning a national championship and placing 3rd at the World Championships in 1990. He took great joy in developing friendships with runners and triathletes throughout the country.
John loved hiking and being in the wilderness, a love he passed on to his children. He had hiked in the Appalachians, Rockies, Wind River Range, Alaska, Canada, and Nepal. He climbed the Grand Teton in Wyoming as well as Mt. Rainer. John climbed to the sub base camp of Dorje Lhakpa in 1992. He made several trail maintenance trips with the Sierra Club and attended the National Outdoors Leadership School in Wyoming. John and Anne found their spiritual home at Hillsboro Presbyterian Church in 1956, where he served in numerous capacities. He loved singing in the choir and tending the rose garden, but most of all, he loved and valued the friendships that were nurtured by the caring and loving people of the church.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday February 1, 2014 at 2pm, with visitation one hour prior at Hillsboro Presbterian Church.
Memorial contributions should be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203 and Hillsboro Presbyterian Church/ Children of Zimbabwe Fund, 5820 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215.
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