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John Keith Whitney

jwhitneyCovina, CA – John Keith Whitney, 74 passed away on July 31, 2019.  He was born in Gardner, MA.

He was the son of the late Robert and Alice Whitney of Orange, MA.  He attended Mahar Regional High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962 and served on the USS Sam Rayburn, a ballistic missile submarine and was discharged in 1966.

He moved to California in 1969, graduated from Pasadena City College with an AA Degree, and worked for The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from 1982-2005.

In retirement, he was an avid golfer, loved to ride his bicycle, and sometimes liked to play the ponies.

He leaves his loving wife of 26 years, Sherry Whitney (LaFleur) of Covina, CA; daughter Lisa Butinsky of Athol, MA; grandson  Brady Butinsky (his little helper) of Athol, MA; three brothers, Robert (Craig) and his wife Dawn of Richmond, NH; Glenn and his wife Jinky of Temecula, CA; Jay and his wife Cathy of Westlake Village, CA; 4 sisters, Linda Way of Hamden, CT, Sue Whitney of Belchertown, MA; Mary Jane Wagner and her husband Paul of San Gabriel, CA; and Joyce Kapitulik and her husband Joe of Orange, MA.  He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Heart Association, University of Southern California Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, or University of Southern California Department of Cardiology.

Services are under the direction of Walker Family Funeral Services in Corona, CA and will be at the New Song Church, 945 West Covina Boulevard, San Dimas, CA  91773 on August 20, 2019 at 4pm.  At a later date a memorial service will take place in Athol, MA.


  • Sharon Fellows Fontaine Posted August 8, 2019 3:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to his family. I went to High School with him and we spoke the year before last. We will all miss him and will think of him during our next reunion in September. The world was a better place with him in it.

  • Peter Risatti Posted August 11, 2019 7:23 am

    John’s smile and sense of humor I will miss. We talked and messaged and I looked forward to when ever we would meet. John was and is a great guy.

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