John Comments

I had the pleasure of working with John when I was a Purchasing Agent for a contracting company during the Coker Modification Project at Tesoro’s Refinery in Martinez, California. It was the largest construction contract the company ever took on and the orders that John processed for the job filled an entire file drawer. He was a great man and I could not have done my job without him. No matter what we needed or when, John made it happen.

I am very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.

Mike Carnis

I am terribly sorry for the loss of kind, dedicated and wonderful human being. I grew spoiled getting used to his kindness and spontaneous service.
May God bless his soul and his family after him.

Ismael B.

Very sad news indeed – John was always looking out for his customers, he always went the extra mile…

My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at Portland Bolt.

Kyle C.

I have known John since his days at Tim Fab. I used to compete with him and then became a customer of his after he joined Portland Bolt. He was a great guy and I will miss him a lot. Sincere condolences to his close friends and family.

Steve T.

I have been talking with John on the phone for many years, and am both shocked & saddened to hear of your loss. He was always such a nice guy to work with & I will miss him. Please know that there are many people who have you in their thoughts.

Tina D.

I worked with John many years and it was a pleasure! Truly he will be missed!

Wayne C.

John was a friend and a mentor. He led the way in customer service. He was always gracious, kind and extremely patient. It was such a treat to be able to visit him at Portland Bolt. I never expected to have the opportunity, since our projects were always so far away. When I landed a project in Portland, he was more than kind enough to give me a tour. I want his family to know that John had an impact on my life by reminding me to take care of each other with understanding, compassion and civility. I miss him, but his influence will live on.

Steve C.

My Condolences to your family on your loss
Praying for Grace and Peace during your time of mourning
God Bless


I met John when PB acquired Northwest Bolt & Nut Co., he was a joy to work with and interaction with him was always so positive. Our condolences as the Gulin family to his family and his family at Portland Bolt.

Marcos Gulin

Wanted to send my condolences to his Family. I have never met John in person but wished I have. over the last several years John has been the go to guy, always punctual and always willing to go the extra mile. A man I could trust to complete my orders and pricing on time who understood the demands of today’s business. You will be missed John. God Bless.

Robert S.

Very saddened when I heard the news about John as we just had a lot of email and phone chatter the Friday before his last day at work. I’ve had a business and personal relationship with John for well over 20 years and shared a lot of laughter and good conversation with John over those many years. What would often start out as a phone call or email asking for a simple rate estimate for freight on a job he was working on would often times end up with a string of back and forth emails that would get sillier as they progressed and I really enjoyed John’s quick wit and sense of humor and also the professionalism in which he represented Portland Bolt. I’m glad I’ve saved many of those email exchanges as reading through them has a way of brightening my day. My condolences to John’s family and to all of his coworkers.

Greg Bennink

So sorry to receive the news about John passing away. I enjoyed close to 3 decades of working with him at Portland Bolt. John brought lots of laughter and great stories to all who knew him. I enjoyed talking to him about “the good old days”…..whether it was related to the office or music around the Portland area (we both knew some of the same “Disco” moves!). Rob and I send our sincere condolences to his entire family. Love, Lori

Lori Coffman

I was recently introduced to John thru one of our customers. He was very helpful every time we spoke either by phone or email. We send our deepest sympathies. Although our relationship was short, he always seemed like a very nice guy that really loved to accommodate his customers. We wish the family the best during this tough time. God Bless!!!!!

Steve W.

We really enjoyed working with John over the last few years. He took care of all our “special” needs, and did it with style. I only wish we had met him many years earlier. We’ll miss John hugely!

John T.

I worked with John since starting at Portland Bolt. He always seemed able to make me laugh. He was very good at his job and I know his customers loved working with him just as much as we at PB did. There will never be another John… Truly one of a kind. I miss you John!

Erin Whelden

I had the pleasure of working with John for over a decade, from a distance of several thousand miles. An email or call from John never failed to put a smile on my face. I can’t imagine what this loss must be like for John’s family and the PB team. My thoughts and prayers are with you. “God bless America”, John.

Paul D.

I am deeply saddened and surprised by this news. Our condolences to John’s family and Portland Bolt family. He was always courteous and professional in his dealings with me and always seemed to have questions about products that I have ordered. Especially when parts or components didn’t “add up”. Again he will be truly missed. Sincerly, Ed

Ed P.

I was deeply saddened with this news. I have know John for over 30 years, he was kind, intelligent and had the Art of always making me laugh. My prayers and condolences are with his family and co-workers.. Thanks John for the memories and allowing me to be apart of your life, you will never be forgotten and I will be forever blessed to have been apart of your life… Rest peacefully my friend.

Ronda B.

We were very saddened to hear of John’s passing, he was someone you could count on no matter what and we will miss working with him. We send our sincerest condolences and prayers to his family and to his Portland Bolt family. If there is a need for anything or if we could be of any help in this trying time please let us know.

Bill W.

Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of working with John at Portland Bolt. Our desks shared a partition so we worked closely together and shared many a laugh. He always brightened my day whether it be with a funny joke, an encouraging phrase, a silly song or his infectious laugh and smile. His incredible amount of knowledge, not only in the fastener industry, but throughout the entire construction industry is unmatched and irreplaceable. I will miss my friend deeply and my prayers go out to his family and friends.

Kailey Tillman