John Barry Todd died a happy man on November 30, 2017 at his home in Napa. His life centered around his love and devoted care for his three daughters, Jennifer, Cynthia, and Morgan. He cooked them a million meals, read them a million books, taught them to ski, hike, sail and parented them with care, steadfastness and abounding love. He adored his grandchildren: Christopher, Anastasia, Konstantine and Bridget.

He was the dearly beloved husband of Preston Shackelford. They did everything together, raced sailboats, hiked, biked, skied, traveled, held family dinners, doted on the girls and supported each other in every possible way. He nursed her through a two year battle with Cancer back to health.

In his family relations, John was guided by the example of his parents, John B. Todd who predeceased him and Juanona Marie Todd who survived him. His parents were devoted spouses for more than seventy years and loving and attentive parents who taught him how to treat family. He loved his two surviving sisters, Patricia Todd Catchpole and Sandi Price.

John taught at Napa High School for over thirty years. He early taught himself everything about computers and used his expertise to set up the Napa High computer lab, manage computer systems, and help students and teachers use computers to learn and teach. For John, teaching was the highest possible calling.

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John was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August, 2017. He was so grateful that, until his diagnosis, he was always vigorous and healthy, hiking in the High Sierra in the weeks before his diagnosis. He used his last months to have long, loving talks with all members of his family, to eat out with family at his favorite restaurants, go on wheelchair rambles around Napa and Lake Hennessey and squeeze every bit of sweetness out of life. He hung on to enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving with all his daughters and grandchildren and to have a last precious visit with his mother and sister.

He died a week after Thanksgiving full of gratitude and joy for the richness of his life, his work and his loves.

A Memorial Service will be held on January 6, 2018 at 3 pm at the Napa Methodist Church, 625 Randolph Street, Napa with a reception afterwards at the family home.

In lieu of flowers, John would love donations to Puertas Albiertas to assist our undocumented neighbors or to the Sanctuary Committee of the Napa Methodist Church.


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