Habitat for Humanity of the Indian Wells Valley
Ridgecrest, California

Remembering Habitat Volunteer John Walsh

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John passed September 28, 2014 at Ridgecrest Community Hospital. John proved a great asset to our Habit for Humanity Chapter, willing to do almost any task and inspiring other volunteers. Given his age and state of health, his determination was amazing. Sometimes he pushed himself to a degree we worried about his health. He also kept the crew cheered up with funny antics. It is hard to describe, but his humor is shown by his photos on this page. Many enjoyed working with him, which became a large part of his social life. John would jump in and help spontaneously. He helped often on the less “fun” tasks like trenching, roofing, and especially spray painting. He became our expert on the use and maintenance of our airless sprayer. All who knew and worked with John will miss him greatly.

John started coming to Habitat during the building of Brenda's house sometime in 2009. John came to Ridgecrest to live near his brother, but his brother died a year later. In an attempt to meet people, John started attending the local United Methodist Church. There he learned about the church's ministry with Habitat and was encouraged to help with building. That's why John came to join us. John left a very positive mark on Habitat for Humanity IWV and the community.