John Martin Kasson, 88, son of Grace M. and Burt Z. Kasson, passed away peacefully in Sun City, AZ on February 14, 2008.
He was born in Gloversville, N.Y. on March 3, 1919, where he resided most of his life prior to retirement in 1977.
John was a life long summer resident of Canada Lake, N.Y., and after retirement, enjoyed winters, in Sun City, AZ. with his wife Betty Gordon Kasson. They were married 61 years, before her death in 2003. He was also predeceased by his brother, Austin Kasson; and his sister, Helen K. Heagle.
He began his education in Gloversville, then attended the Emerson School for Boys in Exeter, NH, the Clark School, in Hanover NH, and Lehigh, University in Bethlehem, PA. After Lehigh, John attended Roosevelt Aviation School in Long Island, graduated with a degree in Master Airplane and Engine Mechanics. He then continued his training in Aircraft Hydraulic Systems at the University of Texas. After receiving his degrees, he was employed at the Coleman Flying School in Coleman Texas as an assistant supervisor of Mechanics. He was later employed by Fairchild Aircraft, where he spent many years as a Technical representative, before moving back to Gloversville.
John served as both deputy County Clerk of Fulton County and county clerk. He was a member of the New York State County Clerks Association, and formerly served on the association’s motor vehicle committee, and the taxation committee. John was also a former member of the Fulton County Republican Club. He served as past president and trustee of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Gloversville and was a former member of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the YMCA and Big Brothers of Fulton County. He was also a long time member and former officer of the Canada Lake Protective Association. Before entering County government, he was in the purchasing department of N.A. Taylor Company and was associated with Treher and Jung Inc. John was also a WW II Army veteran.
John is survived by daughter, Sheila Sammons, of Sammonsville, N.Y.; sons, Burt (Susan) Kasson of Baldwinsville, N.Y. and John (Janice) Kasson of Tempe, AZ. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Lauren (Peter) Lozier of Canada Lake, N.Y., Betsy (Reece) Eddy of Colorado Springs, CO, D. Victor (Amy) Sammons of Fort Plain, N.Y., Timothy Kasson of Greenwich CT, Stephen (Johana) Kasson of Lynn, MA, Neil Kasson of Baldwinsville, N.Y., six great-grandchildren; one niece; and five nephews.
Funeral services are being planned for early July with interment at the Ferndale Cemetery, in Johnstown, N.Y.