Chandler, John William

John William Chandler

October 18, 1946 - January 5, 2022

John William Chandler was born to parents William Woodrow (Bill) Chandler and Lela Ann Coffman Chandler on October 18, 1946 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he passed on January 5, 2022.

John’s family moved to Tulsa in 1959 which set his course of graduating with the honor of being selected President of the Class of 1964, of Daniel Webster High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma. This set him on a lifelong quest of studying and seeking ever increasing positions requiring leadership and assuming responsibility. Recipient of an Oklahoma University President’s Leadership scholarship, John chose to be commissioned into the Air Force upon his 1968 graduation from OU. While serving in the Air Force, John completed a master’s degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

His twenty-year Air Force career exposed him to a tremendous variety of countries and cultures – well beyond anything he envisioned as a child. Final assignments, as a Lieutenant Colonel, included Director of Logistics and Deputy Base Commander Thule Air Base Greenland and then his retiring as Director of Contracts, Aeronautical Systems Program Office Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where he oversaw the purchase of development and manufacture of all new ground equipment and aircraft installed systems that were to be common to two or more weapon systems. After retiring from the Air Force, John moved his family to Fort Worth, Texas and eventually joined the General Dynamics’ (later purchased by Lockheed Martin) F-16 production program as a Contract Administrator. By retirement in 2004, John had reached leadership positions including Director of Contract Management for the F-22 Program, overseeing every aspect of the development, support and contractual incorporation of any modifications, or new acceptance of contractual changes, to the Fort Worth portion of the management of the F-22 Falcon fighter jet program.

Finally at age 57, John fulfilled a dream by purchasing land and having horses which allowed for his wife, Paulette to be “home” in the McKinney area, and eventually lead to the development of many new friendships. His retirement was a joy, with he and Paulette enjoying their relaxed lifestyle including travel, equine pleasures, and his playing with the stock market.

John was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Willa Dean (who lived for only 6 weeks) prior to John’s birth, as well as a large number of Uncles, Aunts, and cousins that were dearly loved and influenced his life greatly.

Survivors include his wife, Paulette; son, Greg Chandler and wife, Heather; step-sons, Chad Garbett and Ryan Garbett and wife, Shannon; two grandchildren, Greyson and Brayden Chandler; and three step-grandchildren, Kinsey, Peyton and Breydon Garbett.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022 at Restland Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75243.

The family will receive friends during a visitation on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to, St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57326. 

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Sincere condolences from me and my three kids, Angela, Mark and Kirk (the Christenson kids). I am so grateful I had a nice visit with John last fall and I loved meeting Paulette. May he rest in peace. Mary Jane Flikke, January 13, 2022 So sorry to hear the sad news. John and my deceased husband, Chris, had served in the military together. And your dad and family lived with us for a while after returning from Spain. He taught me how to play bridge. What special memories I have of him. May all the special and good memories help in some way to comfort all the family. Sincere sympathy.
Linda Ross, January 12, 2022 Dear Pauletta, I’m so sorry to hear about John. We enjoyed having you visit us, and were so pleased you made time for us during your vacation. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Sharon Rogers, January 11, 2022 Dear Paulette and family: you have my most heartfelt sympathies in the passing of your dear husband. I only met John at a couple of the class reunions, but have known you for many many years. May you find peace in the happy memories. and the love of your family and friends. Sharon (Steele) Robertson, January 11, 2022 Paulette & Family, So sorry for your loss! John will be deeply missed and was always a pleasure to be with at gatherings. Monte & Chris Self Monte Self, January 10, 2022 I loved you John, even though you stole my best friend 25 years ago (John would laugh). I am so glad you found each other, a good man she got, with a wonderful smile and laugh. I love you Paulette and will miss you John. Rest In Peace with God my friend with no sickness, no pain, forever in our hearts.
Cari, January 9, 2022 My heart aches for you Paulette. What a beautiful story of his accomplishments. I'm sorry for your loss. Please call me if I can do anything or you just want to talk. Sending Big hugs cousin. Gina Martinez, January 8, 2022 I am so sorry for your loss cousin. I will be praying for you and your family. Please reach out of you need anything. Lisa white, January 8, 2022 Dear Paulette and family...just got word this morning about John's passing. The news was bittersweet. So glad John rekindled our long friendship a few years back. We were children when John moved to the west side of Tulsa and on my block...so many fun memories of time spent with John and his parents as we were growing up. Billy and John were email buddies for the last few years and enjoyed getting to know each other. As for John and me, although as adults our lives went in different directions, I will always be grateful for being part of his world...Marie & Billy Mason Bill and Marie "Paris" Mason, January 8, 2022 GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU, LOVE YOU MAN 
David Paulding , January 8, 2022 Our condolences goes out to Paulette and all of the family members. I know John will be missed. I was so glad to have the opportunity to speak with him just prior to his passing. We were second cousins and didn't see each other much as kids. I really got to know John after I was married and living in Dayton. He was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for several years. I have fond memories of social events that included good food & fun. My kids, Amy & Nick loved getting to know John's son, Greg. It makes me happy to know he enjoyed his "county" retirement. Our family will send a Memorial gift tin John's memory to St. Joseph's Indian School. Sue & Jim Baldridge, Amy Wise & Family, Nick Baldridge & Family
Sue Chandler Baldridge , January 7, 2022