John S. Forman
Surprise Funeral Care
16063 W. Bell Rd
Surprise, AZ
John S. Forman, 68, of Sun City Festival, Buckeye, AZ passed away after a long illness on May 20, 2012. He was born in Kansas City, MO on October 23, 1943 to George W. and Ruth Forman. John received his BA in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, KS in 1966. John was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was an engineer with over 43 years of experience in power system planning and analysis. Throughout his professional career, John was the Division Engineer for the Kansas Power & Light Company; Chief for the Power Division of Central Valley Project for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; the Deputy Area Manager of Western Area Power Administration; President of RMI Utility Services and Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc. John is survived by his beloved wife, Bobbie Forman of 47 years; his loving son Chris (Michelle) Forman; his loving daughter Stephanie (Dwaine) Bright; five dear grandchildren Robert, Carly and Jessika, Ashley (Don) and Johnathon; sister Jane and (Craig) Cigard; sister-in-law Jere Forman; nieces and nephew Sarah, Alex, Graham, Bart, and Jennifer. John is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Larry Forman. Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Surprise Funeral Care, Surprise, AZ (623) 546-8002. Please visit John's online memorial at
Published by Lawrence Journal-World on May 24, 2012.
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Grandpa, it's been far too long since I saw your face, I miss the stories you used to tell me, the advice you always gave me, and the time you always had for love! The hard work and dedication that you put every single day into your job and your family, The way you treated my grandma, and your Kids and all of us grandkids, not a day goes by that you don't pass through my mind, I hope you are somewhere beautiful watching over us all, I will never forget Marco Polo, or the sweet planets and stars through your telescope! Movies on your new high definition tv, mowing the 5 acres in Newcastle, running into the tree and breaking your mower (sorry)...the nights spent Camping on the deck and at the beach! you are the only hero I ever had and your the only man I've ever truly admired! I love you and miss you grandpa. Grandma my heart is with you forever, love your grandson
Robert Forman
April 11, 2014
Bobbi, I am sorry to hear of John's passing. My condolences to you and your family.

Deni Trowbridge
June 8, 2012
It's voting day and I miss John coming in to work with his "I have voted sticker" stuck to his shirt. I miss him admiring the sunrise from his 6th floor window and sharing a review of the most recent movie that he and Bobbi had seen. I'll always remember how much fun he had dressing up for Halloween in the old days at RMI. And he always wore a Christmas tie for the holidays. John was a beautiful man, fun, thoughful, patient and extremely knowledgeable. We worked together for 23 years and it was always a pleasure working with John.
Pat Clarke
June 5, 2012
As John rests I hold you in prayers, Barbara for strength and the knowledge that God holds you near to His heart. I send you love
Barbara Devlin
May 28, 2012
I worked with John off and on for over 35 years and found John to be the most detailed person I'd ever met, and a complete gadget junky. He always had to have the first of anything new (VCRs, PCs) and actually studied the gadgets to see how they worked. John always gave of himself 110 percent and was a real asset on any project he worked on. My wife and I worked with John on a number of off work projects (company barbeques, softball games, etc) and enjoyed John's energy and sense of humor in doing some pretty tough tasks. We will always remember John. Tom and Terri Carter
Tom Carter
May 28, 2012
barbara, read about John in local paper. So sorry to learn of your loss. Know that he left loving you and your family in his heart. Will be thinking of you in the days to come. Julia Fearing
Julia Fearing
May 26, 2012
Aunt Bobbi, Chris, and Stephani, our hearts go out to you on the loss of Uncle John. I have many memories of some wonderful times we've had together especially in Newcastle at your beautiful home. You are in our prayers every night when Claire goes to bed. Our love to you and your family.
Graham, Mindee, and Claire Forman
May 25, 2012
Hello Bobbie and family. So sorry for youre loss, and must be even harder so close to the loss of youre mom too. Thinking and praying for you. joan Stevenson-(lawrence, Ks.
May 25, 2012

I only go back to 1980 but I really respected John and his understanding of this USAF retread. My prayers are with you. If you are in AZ and need anything please call.
Jim Charters
May 25, 2012
Bobbie, so sorry to hear that John has passed. But, he is no longer in pain or suffering. My prayers are with you and the kids. Stay in touch. If there is anything I can do from here, please let me know. Strength and comfort to you. Karen
Karen Clark
May 25, 2012
I was very sorry to hear about John's passing. I have known John for over 25 years since our days working together on the California-Oregon Transmission Project. He was always willing to help me when I had questions and he always knew just where to go to find the answer (a typical engineer ;-) ). I will truly miss him.
Peter Mackin
May 24, 2012
John and I were good friends in high school. We had lots of fun double dating in his model A. I was proud to know him and extend my regards to his family.
Jim Rood
May 24, 2012
Jane, I was sorry to learn about the loss of your brother. I know it's a tragedy for the entire family and want to send my sympathy and support to you and yours.

Ruthi (Baird) Rapp (one of your 8th grade teachers), Lawrence, Kansas
May 24, 2012
John was an unforgettable man, leader and friend. I will always remember my time with him fondly!
Phillip Toth
May 23, 2012
I first met John in early 1973 when I moved to Boulder City, NV from the midwest and he was one of my first friends after the move. I enjoyed having him as a friend for nearly 40 years and a fellow employee for much of that time.
Dave Larsen
May 23, 2012
I had the extreme pleasure of knowing John for over 26 years. We worked together for about 23 of those years, but more important than the work relationship was his friendship. Bobbi - you know more than I how devoted John was to his life's work. Since John and I were early into the office, we often started the day before many other people were there, catching up on what was going on in one another's life and a little bit of work. He always was a "glass half full" man - finding a way to look at the bright side of everything, looking for the good in everyone. But his wife and family was his #1 priority. I was able to live through the growth of his children and the expansion of the "Forman family" vicariously through John. He will be deeply missed, but he made a very positive mark on the soul of every person he met. That quality is not common. John was not "common" - he was a special guy. That wrinkle in his face when he smiled (and he smiled a lot) spoke volumes. Be strong family Forman, you had decades of a wonderful man to share your life with.
Ron Nichols
May 22, 2012
Bobbi, John was such a wonderful man. We always enjoyed our time with you. Our thoughts are with you and the family.
Peter & Judee Fusselman
May 22, 2012
Uncle John was a good man and he was always so nice to me. I was the ring bearer at he and Aunt Bobbi's wedding, and since then I've always looked up to him. Aunt Bobbi told me she always put my mom on a pedestal, well I did the same thing with them. I grew up a bit starstruck by his work at Hoover Dam, and I always admired his intelligence and professional success. After they moved to the country in northern California, I envied their lifestyle so much it inspired me to move from the city to the mountains. And whenever they visited I always looked at him with great affection and admiration.

Uncle John lived a wonderful life, he married a beautiful woman I think the world of, had two great kids and five grandkids who thought the world of him, and he loved his dogs and cats. He achieved professional success, lived in some beautiful parts of the country and traveled to some great places. I spoke with him last month, and while it was incredibly sad knowing his time on Earth was coming to an end, I'm glad I had the chance to tell him how much I admired him.

Rest in peace, Uncle John, you were a good man and I'll always look up to you.
Mark McKenzie
May 22, 2012
Bobbi, I am stunned... it has all happened so quickly... I know he took a lot of joy in moving and building your home in Arizona... Blessings on you - I know you must be exhausted and grieving... Love you, Cathy
Cathy Asbury
May 22, 2012
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