Official family benefit in memory of John the waiter

A commenter on this post asked if anyone had a photo of John Hartley (popular local waiter who died suddenly last week) to share; Jessie from Skylark kindly sent the one you see below. Just too good a photo to cut down to a head shot. Jessie also says that, while the date is not yet set — it’ll be sometime in mid-June — there will definitely be an official benefit, featuring at least six bands, to raise money for John’s family. Meantime, reminder that the service for John is 10 am this Saturday @ Burien Free Methodist Church.  (And the official obituary has just appeared @


3 Replies to "Official family benefit in memory of John the waiter"

  • Chet May 16, 2007 (7:22 am)

    Is this the same guy that was always at the front desk at Jaks? I had him as my waiter once at Jaks but it seemed like he was mainly a host. Maybe I am thinking of a different person? Anyway, it is a tragic loss.

  • Anna Carm May 16, 2007 (9:24 am)

    Oh John Dunkin… I’ve been trying to widdle down the memories to just a few. For those of you who don’t know, he also did a stint at Bellevue Square Managers for several years as the Inside Sweep & Clean Manager. To work with him (AND get in trouble with him) was such a great experience. I couldn’t have survived here without his help. His former staff, or as he called them, his “Ninjas”, are devastated. As his friend.. and one of his “bitches”, I am heartbroken. I’ve got my lips on for you babe!

  • Michael June 4, 2007 (2:20 pm)

    John really was the light of so many places – Easy Street, Jaks, and anywhere he roamed. Quick with a quip and full of energy, he made the phrase “livin’ large” come to life – and we’ll miss the hell outta him. I’m sure he’s running around somewhere in heaven with his big-ass belt buckle sparkling like a shining star.

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