The following is courtesy of Ted Goble – good friend of distinguished Fairview Swimming Alumni John Russell, who passed away in early July of 2020. John Russell helped lead Fairview Swimming to a State Championship and several state placements during the 1964 season (pictured above) and remains one of the most decorated athletes in Fairview history.
I lost dear friend, John Russell, of Phoenix. John and I were freshman roommates at Miami and swam for the undefeated freshman team.
John Russell, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on July 5, 2020 at the age of 74.He was born in Houghton, MI, and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio,where he was a three-time All American swimmer. He worked for and retired from the Dial corporation where he was in Health Care Sales Management.He lived many years in Cave Creek, and had a great love of horses. John is survived by his wife, Patty and his four children; Jay, Nicholas, Danielle and Samantha and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Pam and Dawn, and by his brothers, Michael and Craig. He leaves behind many friends whose lives he touched over the years. He will be interred at Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The family suggests that donations be made to theafdt.org. RIP, John – you will be sorely missed!