John B. Mestad -- Minnetonka
John B. Mestad, age 65, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in his Minnetonka home.
He was born in 1953 in Wisconsin, to Robert and Jacqueline (Carlson) Mestad. A graduate of Rochester Mayo High School, he earned a B.A. in humanities, and years later a B.S. in mechanical engineering, both from the University of Minnesota.
As the Employee Concerns Manager for nuclear power plants, John developed a program of national repute during his 30-plus years with Xcel Energy. John’s first career was as a theatrical lighting designer working for Nancy Hauser Dance Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, and touring dance companies. God was a guiding force in John’s life, and John found great meaning in his couples’ Bible study group and men’s breakfast group. Above all, John was a provider and especially grateful for his blessings. He was also analytical, enthusiastic and patient. John loved reading, theater, dancing, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, home improvement projects, discussing politics and history, and spending time with family and friends.
John is preceded in death by parents, Jacqueline and Robert; and brother-in-law, Blake Joyner. He is survived by wife, Heather (Joyner); son, Raymond; daughters, Olivia and Veronica; and many loved ones.
Service on Friday, Nov. 30, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church — 5025 Knox Ave. South, Minneapolis. Visitation at 10 a.m., service at 11 a.m., and reception following. Memorials to Cathedral of the Pines Camp Scholarships and Camp Wapo Lutheran Bible Camp Scholarships.
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