John Taylor Stellern

John Taylor Stellern, 90, of Laramie passed away on November 2, 2022, after a brief battle with cancer.

John was born on September 15, 1932 to John A Stellern and Florence N Gary in Los Angeles, California.  John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Alice Bruce, his son John T Stellern Jr (Sheri), daughter Jodie Stellern, his grandchildren Zachary Stellern (Haylee), Lindi Stellern, Sasha Stellern (Viren), Sierra Arnold (Patrick), Cosette Stellern, Alexandra Dobies, Samantha Dobies (Charles), River Shaw and Sunrise Shaw and his great-grandchildren Presley, Shane, and Tyler.  John was preceded in death by his daughter Johnna Stellern Dobies.

Before blossoming in his career John was a star athlete. He played football both offense and defense at the Junior College Rose Bowl winning the championship. This gained interest in his recruitment to both Stanford and UC Berkley where John was both an All-American in Football and Track and Field.  John was 2nd place in the 1954 NCAA shot put championships. 

John, as a member of MENSA, went on to gain his PhD in Special Education and was a licensed clinical psychologist, diplomate status.  As well, he was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wyoming having taught students for over 40 years.  He has touched many people in a powerful way, both directly and indirectly. 

The family is planning a private service at a later date.  Donations can be made to Hospice of Laramie, 1754 Centennial Drive Laramie, WY 82070

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Condolences (18)

  • Rhonda Huntress

    Mary Alice In all these 20 plus years I’ve known you and John you’ve been my life teachers as well as friends! We shared great meals, tears, laughter…so many memories and “wisdoms”. John will be greatly missed by me and my family. He always was available when I asked for advice with personal family hardships and his teaching the EFT to me was and still is a blessed “life tool”. Always Much Love, Rhonda Enjoy your astral journey John 🌬🌈💫🤘

    • Anonymous

      Your kind words and reflections are much appreciated, Rhonda. We certainly all experienced many times of joy and challenge that resulted in insights and wisdoms! Much love to you and yours, Mary Alice

  • Chuck & Sherri Torode & Connie Campbell

    Hello Jodie, we want you and your family to know how sorry we are to hear about the passing of your Dad. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck, Sherri and Connie.

  • Gulla Burke

    Wishing you and your family comfort and peace.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much, Gulla, for your kind words. We were blessed to have your tender care. Mary Alice Bruce

  • Tiffany Le Gal

    Sending so much love, light, and strength to you & all of yours, Mary Alice. I love you and John to the moon and back again. John was such an ornery and loveable soul, and he will be greatly missed by so many. I am so happy that the two of you had such a long, happy life together. My sincerest condolences. Thinking of you, Love from Tiffany Le GAL, and Zak Bolender. xo

  • Anne Fitzgerald

    Mary Alice - I always heard good things about John - brilliant and strong. Much love to you- Anne

  • Gay Deitrich-MacLean

    Mary Alice I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know John but he he sounds like a brilliant and caring man. My thoughts are with you and I know all of the Gems hold you in love. Gay Deitrich-MacLean

  • Julie Fogg

    Dr Stellern was a huge part of my college experience! He challenged us and made us better. Many times I think of his portable podium and “Let’s begin!” My prayers and deepest condolences for the Stellern family. ~ Julie (Paul) Fogg

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much, Julie, for your kind words. Brought a smile to my lips to remember "Let's begin!" Much appreciation for your support. Mary Alice Bruce

  • Laurie Heath

    Truly inspired by John and was a pleasure taking care of him. Prayers to his lovely family as they live his legacy.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much, Laurie, for your kind words. We were appreciative to have your tender care. You made it all possible with your determined connections with Dr. Kennedy and the cancer center. I am blessed by our connection. Love, Mary Alice Bruce

  • Claire Murphy

    Oh, Mary Alice, I am so very sorry to read this news. I'm embarrassed that I had no idea you and John were going through this pain. May your happy memories serve to fill your heart and home with love.


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