John Preston Pheasant


March 30, 1956 to May 12, 2021


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John Preston Pheasant

John was born in Los Angeles California.  His family lived in Juneau, Alaska until they moved back to Seattle in 1962. He attended Webster Elementary, James Monroe Junior High School, and graduated from Ballard High School in 1974. He was the Senior Class President in 1974 as well as on the state championship cross-country team.

After high school  he worked in the summer for Nelbro salmon cannery in Chignik,  Alaska. He also worked on the drilling platforms for Amaco in Alaska.

John attended Washington State University and then took a year off to be a ski bum in Sun Valley Idaho. Upon returning to Seattle he  continued his studies at the University of Washington, and went to work in various restaurants as a server and then a manager: Kasper’s, Benjamin’s, Trattoria Michellii, and Canlis.  He was promoted to be the wine steward at Canlis on the strength of his charming personality.

He then went to work for Ward’s Cove Packing first as a deckhand, working his way up to Captain on their boats tendering fish, and taking them up and back from Alaska to Seattle. He eventually worked his way up to getting his Unlimited Master’s license. He went to work for Helix Energy, then Oceaneering. He spent the last 6 years of his life as a bridge officer and Digital Positioning Officer for Oceaneering in the Gulf of Mexico.

John’s passions in life were for his two German Shepherds who predeceased him, ( Lucifer and Frankie Lee) , University of Kentucky basketball, and the thoroughbred racehorse John Henry. He moved to Kentucky in 2004 and returned in 2011. He loved horse racing;  attending the Kentucky Derby as well as Santa Anita and the Breeders Cup.

He is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Helen Pheasant. He is survived by his sisters Julie Pheasant Albright (Allan Albright) and Joann ( Marijo Gillen.)

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 on July 10th at Northminster,  Presbyterian in Seattle. Reception to follow at Leif Erikson Lodge, Sons of Norway, Ballard.  All attendees must be vaccinated. Memorials may be made to


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