In Memory of John C. MacFarlane

John C. MacFarlane
In memory of John MacFarlane, Association for Community Broadcasting Board Chair, and our dear friend. We are grateful for your legacy of leadership and support.

John Craig MacFarlane, 66, of Houston, went home to the Lord on May 21st, 2013, after a valiant year-long battle with cancer.

John was born on January 18th, 1947 in Staten Island, New York to Robert and Margaret MacFarlane.  He graduated from Memorial High School  in 1964.  A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, he received his B.B.A. in Accounting in 1972.  John was a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He was an active outdoorsman, avid  golfer and dear friend to all who knew him. 

John served his country honorably as an officer in the United States Army with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Artillery based in Germany.

John's business accomplishments include management positions at Ernst and Young, executive level experience in international oil and gas and environmental service operations, including manufacturing, chemicals and services with Baker-Hughes, TETRA Technologies, and Anchor Drilling Fluids.  He was  one of the founders and served on the Board of Directors of Milestone Venture Group, a private equity company based in Houston.

John's legacy of community service is extensive. Since 2006, he has served as a volunteer and leader for Houston Public Media (HoustonPBS, KUHF News, Classical 91.7).   He was the current Board Chair of the organization and  held prior positions as President and Vice-President.  John, with the involvement of other board members,  helped take forward a vision to unify public radio and television.   His involvement led to the creation of Houston Public Media.  His leadership led to substantial support from the businesses community such as the International Association of  Drilling Contractors. 

John leaves behind his loving wife of 32 years,  Leslie J. Flynne; his brother Robert "Bob" MacFarlane and sister-in-law Linda; sisters Peggy Leimpeter and brother-in-law Peter of San Ramon, California; and Kathryn Ault and brother-in-law Barry of Cumberland, Wisconsin.

He is also survived by sons  J. Craig MacFarlane, Jr. and daughter-in-law Dana; Scott E. MacFarlane and daughter-in-law Deborah; and five grandchildren--Demi, Blake, MacKenzie, Sophia and Connor; and his sons' mother Billie Claire Linton.

He will be remembered by all as a man who loved, lived and shared to the fullest.  Time spent with John  and Leslie was time spent enjoying life whether on the golf course, cooking at home with family and friends, or traveling abroad.  He loved playing golf and was fiercely competitive, as in everything he did, and was ever magnanimous whether in victory or in rare defeat.  

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23rd at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079 with Deacon Bob MacFarlane, his brother, presiding. 

A Funeral Mass celebrating John's life will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday May 24th at Saint Michael's Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, Texas  77056  with Reverend Monsignor  Frank H. Rossi presiding.

Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston Texas.

It was John's wish, and is Leslie's sincere hope, that in lieu of flowers donations be made to one of the organizations that he was passionate about so that his memory will live on.

Those organizations are:

  • Houston Public Radio/John MacFarlane Endowment, 4343 Elgin St., Houston, Texas  77024
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Houston Hospice

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