Professor Emeritus John Hayes Reese, Denver, Colorado; passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones November 2, 2018. John is survived by Tania, loving wife and best friend of 33 years; daughter Linda (Nester); son John Michael (Lorna); and amazing grandchildren Katrina, Natalie, Sean, and Jared. Predeceased by sister Mary, first wife Mary Anne, and youngest son David.

Born July 4, 1931 in Royse City, Texas, the son of a Texas Ranger, John grew up across Texas, but Comanche was “home”. After Colorado City High School, he earned his B.B.A. and LL.B. degrees from Southern Methodist University.

John joined the Army ROTC in 1954. When transferred to Fort Dix, NJ, his Commander was exceptionally proud of John’s outstanding riflery skills – not common in JAG Officers. He entered the legal academy at Texas Tech School of Law. Lubbock soon was “in his rear view mirror” as he moved his family to Washington DC to complete his Juris Doctoroate at George Washington University Law School. Before even completing his Dissertation, he was recruited by the University of Denver College of Law in 1966. He felt blessed to continue at DU for 44 years.

Internationally recognized as an expert in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, Professor Reese was named an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He authored an Administrative Law teaching book and a lawyers’ desk reference, as well as other publications. He co-authored a monograph with Tania, on Teaching Methods and Casebooks. They both taught at the National Judicial College, in Reno NV. And both studied at Cambridge University, UK; Wolfson College where he was an invited Visiting Scholar.

John spent his last 21 years living at Cherry Hills III in southeast Denver. John loved walking the complex (Rollator and all) and stopping to chat with anyone. Ever the patriot, he was proud to raise donations for a new entrance flagpole complete with lights so the Flags can fly twenty-four hours a day.

John stood for integrity, equity, had a quick wit with little patience for ‘injustice’ and greed. This tall, proud man loved life, BBQ, travel, a good V&T, his extended family and rescued cats. You can see his full life story or leave a personal tribute at:

Please consider donations to the Comanche Oakwood Cemetery where a brief ceremony will be held on Friday morning, June 21, 2019.

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