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John, 65, died of liver failure May 29,1993, in a Gresham care center. He was born June 10, 1927, in Portland and grew up on a farm on the Smith River near Reedsport. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a technical sergeant in 1949. John was a smokejumper pilot for many years and retired in 1980 as regional air officer for the U.S. Forest Service. From 1987 to 1992, he worked as a seed certification specialist for Oregon State University and the Washington Crop Improvement Association.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Cowan Jr., John L. (Smokejumper Pilot 0000)" (2021). Smokejumper Obituaries. 244.