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John Devitt

September 27, 1925 ~ December 7, 2021 (age 96)


John Lawrence Devitt passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at his home in Denver, Colorado. John was born in Denver on September 27, 1925, to Dr. Oliver Devitt and Ellen McPherson Devitt. 


John lived in Denver all his life, deeply devoted to his Rocky Mountains. John got his B.S. and his M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. 


The Navy was his military service of choice just after WWII. He attended Midshipman’s Training at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.


John was an Eagle Scout where he developed his love for mountain climbing. He was an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club, including serving as president, and was a climbing instructor for many avid climbers in the Colorado mountains. He climbed all of the 14ers and climbed with the Adaman club, climbing Pikes Peak on New Years Eve.


Music was a big part of his life. He was an active player in the local jazz scene as a saxophonist. 


His career was spent as a battery expert. While working at the Gates Rubber Company, he invented and developed the sealed lead acid battery with Dr. Don McClelland and in 1999 received the international prestigious Gaston Planté award for his invention and work in the field of batteries. He was a consulting engineer on batteries for 45 years. 


John married Mary Ann Butler in 1949. They were divorced in 1983. He spent 28 years with his dear friend and travel companion, Jeane Sexson.


John is survived by his three children, Jane Devitt Gnojek (Vince), David Lawrence Devitt (Vickie), and Ellen Elizabeth Devitt Russell (Jerome), 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Devitt Logsdon. 

Donations can be made in his name to the Colorado Mountain Club, 710 10th St., Suite 200, Golden, Colorado, 80401.


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