When I started at KTMB in 2002, John was one of the first stops on my get-to-know-you tour. All I can say is, he did not even try to hide the fact that he was not necessarily looking forward to working with me. I wish now I had asked him about this later, because if his intent with that first impression was for me to “up my game”, it worked: I was as intimidated as I could possibly be. But slowly, surely, year after year, phone call after phone call, John warmed up to me – to the point that it wasn’t unusual for us to spend more than half an hour on the phone talking about everything from politics to family. (We also spent a bit of time talking about phone books – we were just always very efficient about that portion of our conversation!)
John was warm and funny and a bit of a Renaissance man; in his spare time he built a solar heater for his pool at home, among other projects. But nothing – nothing – could compete with his “Ty-Man”. John’s grandson was born within weeks of my son, and there was nothing John enjoyed more than regaling me with tales of Ty.
John loved his family. He was so incredibly passionate and proud of his family, and that is the double tragedy in this story. Not only did we lose a good friend, but Ty lost a grandpa who was only 57 years old. I hope that in some small way the grief John’s family is feeling can be alleviated a bit by knowing that John will be missed by many.
– Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB Executive Director
The Stampfli family is requesting donations be made in John’s name to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in lieu of flowers.