I will always remember John's passion for art and his generous, caring support of the artists who were fortunate to know him. His contributions to the art world are immense and I'm one of many artists whose life and careers he touched and who feel the same, profound sadness that Trish and I feel to know that he is gone. By virtue of his excellence, every artist knows the importance and professional responsibility it is to be a member of the "Autry Family". He was a trusted and valued friend.
Every September after the National Museum of Wildlife Art miniature show in Jackson, Wyoming, he and his beloved wife, Saralynn came by the Wyoming studio for drinks, laughs, and lively talk about the art world with fellow artist, friends, and neighbor, Richard and Steffi Greeves. One year, he drove his new Bentley here and it made the local newspaper in our little town. I'll never forget going to the foundry with him in that car to give him a tour and introduce him to the staff . . . sculpture took a back seat as no one could talk about anything except the Bentley! He had a delightful sense of humor and I'll miss his big smile and his lovable eccentricities. As big as he was in the art world he was a friend who always answered calls and his intelligent, sensitive advice will forever be with me. Trish and I extend our thoughts and love to
his beautiful family . . . he will be missed and always in our hearts.