Renton man celebrates 101st birthday in Issaquah

November 2, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

John Born, of Renton, spent the last two months at Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center rehabilitating after getting a pacemaker, and he capped off his stay with a celebration.

John Born

On Oct. 28, Born turned 101, and he checked out of the facility the very next day, moving back home. Although he has lived alone since his wife passed away several years ago, he lives across the street from good friend Frank Bright, who brings him dinner every night.

Born grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho, in a family of six. He joined the military and served in World War II, where he fought in France. After the war, he worked for Boeing Co., and he has spent the past 50 years in the same house across from Bright.

The biggest change through the years of living in the area: the traffic.

“I don’t know where all these people came from in such a short amount of time,” he said, recalling that he could get from Renton to Issaquah in a matter of minutes.

Until he was 95, Born could be found cleaning his own gutters and out fishing with Bright. Born said that anything past age 95 was overrated.

Bright attended the celebration and Born’s niece, Sherry Feakes, drove from Portland, Ore., to attend as well. The party included cake, ice cream, coffee and a lot of balloons, and employees and residents alike came by to shake Born’s hand and give congratulations.

“I’m going to flop down on the bed and stretch out,” Born said after finishing his cake, looking forward to concluding his rehabilitation. “I won’t have to listen to anybody’s bullshit.”

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