John Bestor- beloved husband to Chris, devoted father to Braden, Lauren, Ryan and Megan, and sweet son of Rollie and Phyllis Bestor - passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Blessed from an early age with incredible athletic prowess, John achieved success as a national level swimmer with the Scera Barrracudas and Utah Valley Dolpins and a celebrated football player at Orem High School. But most of his success was attained as a pole vaulter and decathlete at BYU where he became the WAC champion in this strenuous event. Many of his athletic records as a high school and college champion went unsurpassed for years. John also was given the Tigerama Award at Orem High School as the senior boy who had contributed the most and served in an exemplary manner in his high school.
John approached his life's avocation with the same determination as he did his athletics. After graduating from Brigham Young University, John attended the police academy where some of his physical fitness records still remain. He then became a police officer for Provo City. After three years of merited service, Bestor and his young family moved to Salem, Oregon where for seven years, he worked as an insurance fraud investigator.
Finally, John pursued a long-time dream of becoming an FBI agent. Upon graduation from the FBI Special Training in Quantico, Virginia, John received the prestigious Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity Award. Prior to his death, Special Agent Bestor worked in medical fraud, functioned as a community and press liaison for the Atlanta office of the FBI and most notably, worked in the area of international terrorism. This last position took him and his family to overseas' postings in Kenya and Egypt for five years. Upon his return to Atlanta, John received the coveted US Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service.
Athletic and career successes aside, John's greatest achievement was attained with his wife of 29 years, Christine Braithwaite Bestor. John served as a Bishop in his Oregon Ward and in a Stake High Council for the LDS Church and together with Chris they dreamed of and lived an idyllic life with four children who will now carry on the legacy left by their father.
A funeral service was held in Atlanta on September 22 followed by an interment with full military honors at the Sawnee View Memorial Gardens in Cumming, Georgia.