David John, former director of fleet for Cadillac, died of brain cancer on July 3. He was 83.
John, who had a more-than-30-year career with General Motors, worked in the company's fleet department in the 1980s and early 1990s. When GM consolidated its fleet operations in 1993, he transitioned to director of marketing.
He graduated from Michigan State University in 1957 and then served as an officer in the Air Force, where he rose to the rank of Captain. Upon his discharge in 1961, he became a life-long employee of General Motors and worked in Detroit, Atlanta, and Chicago in sales.
He retired in 1995 and moved to Tellico Village, Tennessee, in 1998 with his late wife, Connie John, who died in 2002.
In his retirement, John enjoyed golfing, boating, and was an antique car buff. He was also an active member and past president of the Tellico Village General Motors Retirees Club, and served on the boards of United Way of Loudon County and of the Tanasi Cove Villas Townhouse Association.
He is survived by his second wife of 15 years, Janet; daughter Jennifer Chambers; sons Jeff and James; stepson Scott Thompson; and stepdaughter Kelly Kraus.
A funeral service for John will be held Friday, July 12.