John Thomas "Jack" Mahon, 59, of Taneytown, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Born in Trenton, N.J., he was the son of Kathleen Mahon, of Hamilton, N.J., and the late John Mahon Sr. He was the husband of Debbie Mahon, his wife of 37 years.

He held the high school record in New Jersey for pole vaulting and received a scholarship to Mount St. Mary's University, where he met his wife.

Family meant everything to him, especially his son, whom he considered his best friend and buddy. He was employed 29 years with the federal government, first at Site R, and later at Fort Detrick, where he remained dedicated until his death. In October 2002, he received the presidential award at the White House, along with his tram for Federal Energy and Management.

He was an avid reader and enjoyed learning. He enjoyed hitting golf balls through the woods, raising bees, gardening and doing many other projects. He was a mentor to many during his life.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Ryan Mahon; and grandchildren Mason and Trinity, all of Taneytown; brothers Thomas Mahon, of New Jersey, and Richard Mahon, of Bethesda; a sister, Cindi King, of New Jersey; and mother-in-law Catherine Morningstar, of New Windsor.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 47 DePaul St., Emmitsburg. Interment will be private.

Arrangements are by Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services in Westminster.

Online condolences may be offered at http://www.fletcherfuneralhome.net.

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