Obituary for John Ellsworth Shaw Jr.
John Ellsworth Shaw Jr. was born in Geneva, Illinois on December 6, 1928 to John Ellsworth Shaw Sr. and
Virginia Josephine Shaw. He passed away on January 7, 2020 in Carmichael, CA, at the age of 91,
following complications from a concussion.
John graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1946, and moved to San Luis Obispo to pursue a
degree in Mechanical Engineering. He continued his education at John Muir College, earning his degree
in Industrial Technology in 1950. He soon enlisted in the Army and served in the Operations and
Training section at Fort Ord for the next two years.
He followed this service with over 25 years of work at Avon Products primarily in Production Control
management in their Pasadena, CA plant. He retired from full time work when he made the move from
Southern California to move north and be closer to his children, but continued to work for many years in
various occupations. Soon thereafter he moved to Beaverton, OR and spent several years there before
returning to California for good.
John had a passion for trains, railroad history and general train chasing as well as photography. He was
able to combine his two favorite hobbies and became well known in the Railroad community as a
published photographer, an avid fan, and more times than not, a good friend.
His passion for trains and his legacy will live on through his original print work which he donated to the
Southern Pacific Historical & Technical Society. A John E. Shaw Jr. library of his work will be created in his
John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Virginia Shaw, his sister, Josephine Mills, and his
step-son, Jaime Albee. He is survived by his Brother, Bill (Evi) Shaw; his children, Lynn (Mike) DeSa,
Shawnee (Richard) Burger, Dana Shaw, Susan (George) DeMartini; and his wife, Ann Shaw; his step
children Janet (Lee) Balzer, Mary Albee, Nan Albee, Carol Hammond; his 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-
A Celebration of Life in his honor was held on Friday, Jan. 24 th at the California State Railroad Museum in
Sacramento, Ca. It was well attended by four generations of family and many long time friends. John will be greatly missed!