John Howard (Jack) Bryant, 74, of West Tisbury died on March 19, 2012, at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born on October 4, 1937 in Northfield, Vermont, the son of Howard and Alice (Lansell) Bryant. He was a 1955 graduate of Northfield High School and a 1959 graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, where he earned a degree in civil engineering and a commission in the Army. He served in the Army Corp of Engineers, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 1960 to 1962.
Following military service, John worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Burlington, Vermont, and Richmond, Virginia. He worked for Stone and Webster Engineering in Boston from 1973 to 1992. He completed advanced engineering studies at MIT. He was a licensed professional engineer in Massachusetts with a focus on the design of natural dams.
He married Judith Pardy of Needham in 1959. They retired from Needham to West Tisbury in 1992.
John was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting with friends near Northfield, Vermont. He was a talented artist, most noted for his bird carvings, which can be found in private collections and galleries on Martha’s Vineyard. John was also a craftsman who restored antiques. He built their retirement home.
John was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Judy; his daughters, Lynn Marquedant and her husband, Bob, of Hopkinton and Karen Marinelli and her husband, Robert, and their children, Alexa and Thomas, of Paxinos, Penn.; and his sisters, Jane Bryant of Northfield, Vermont, and Bonnie McShane of Burlington, Vermont.
Arrangements have been made with Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. John interred in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Northfield, Vermont.