Faded Sandpaper

John Kelso

John William Kelso was born on June 9, 1932 in Vinton, Iowa. He moved to Arizona in 1941. John began his career working for Goodyear Aerospace in 1951. While working at Goodyear in 1958, he began to pursue a career in television production as a cameraman for KOOL-TV Channel 10 News (now KSAZ FOX 10). He continued at Goodyear until 1989 when he retired and dedicated himself full time to television production. In addition to his duties at Channel 10, he was well known for his exceptional freelance work that ranged from sporting events to concerts. During his tenure at Fox 10, John was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Silver Circle Society, established in 1992 to recognize industry leaders, who have served over 25 years.

In 2004, John retired from Fox 10 to spend more time with his family and friends. Professional responsibilities aside, John was a man of many personal interests. John had an appetite for knowledge; he studied extensively on topics of technology, space exploration, and astronomy. John was most content spending time with his family and friends on the beaches of San Diego.

John passed away Sunday, February 12, 2006. He was survived by his wife, Patricia, two sons, a daughter and many grandchildren.

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