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Obituary of John Westen Denman, D.O.
John Westen Denman, D.O. passed away March 11, 2020, in Olympia, Washington. He was born December 27, 1946, to Westen H. Denman and Harriet C. (Davis) Denman in Vineland, New Jersey. Over the years, he also lived in Delano and Cleveland,Tennessee; Shelton, Washington; Elmer and Pennsville, New Jersey; Philadelphia and Dauphin, Pennsylvania; Gardner, Massachusetts; and St. Ansgar and Iowa City, Iowa.
John married Georgia Lee Oschman on November 9, 1968, in Maryland. He was a physician, specializing in internal medicine and emergency medicine. He was a member of multiple medical associations and societies.
He went to school in Elmer and Pennsville, New Jersey, graduating in 1965 from Pennsville Memorial High School. He graduated from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey in 1969. In 1974, he graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Afterwards, Dr. Denman did his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Harrisburg Hospital, an affiliate hospital of Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey School of Medicine, completing in 1977.
He was a member of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and First Congregational Church in Gardner, Massachusetts. He was a former member of Hope Lodge AF&AM in Gardner; Shriners International in Boston; and Jessamine Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Gardner. He was Chairman of the Board and recipient of the Grand Cross of Color and “Dad D” for Leominster Assembly, International Order of Rainbow for Girls, in Leominster, Massachusetts.
John was a breeder of Registered Morgan Horses since 1980. He showed the horses in New England shows in the 1980s and in the South in the 1990s and 2000s. He was co-owner of Sleipnir Morgan Horse Farm.
John loved to teach, and told great stories—always true. He also attended medical conferences with his daughter and colleague, Britta.
John is survived by his wife, Georgia Lee Denman; daughters, Elizabeth L.D. McGee, Caitrin L. Bayard, and Britta L. Denman D.O.; three grandchildren; several cousins, especially Susan M. Schauber; many friends; and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents; paternal grandparents, C. Westen and Etta N. (Young) Denman; and maternal grandparents, Russell V. and Mary A. (James) Davis, Sr.
Services will be private. Burial at Masonic Memorial Park, Tumwater, Washington.
Memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or a charity of donor’s choice.
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