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‘Trusted, genuine, caring’: Ankeny Rep. John Landon dies at 71

By: - July 30, 2021 11:09 am

Ankeny Rep. John Landon died on July 29. He was 71. (Photo from Iowa Legislature)

Rep. John Landon, R-Ankeny, passed away Thursday afternoon. The 71-year-old legislator was serving his fifth term in office.

Landon’s wife, Marvis, posted about his death on Facebook. She did not specify a cause of death but said the lawmaker had passed away “surrounded by the love of his family.”

“With great faith we know that he was received into Heaven as a good and faithful servant,” Marvis wrote.

Landon was born in Iowa in 1950. Prior to his work in politics, Landon served in the U.S. Navy as part of the Construction Battalion. He returned to Iowa and earned a degree in agriculture business from Iowa State University, then had a nearly 40-year career in agricultural business. Landon led Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops in his community and served as a deacon at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Ankeny, according to his legislative biography.

Landon was first elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. His colleagues in state government praised his work ethic, intelligence and kindness.

“John was everything Iowa needs in its representatives: a strong leader, a hard worker, a great mind, and a humble servant,” House Speaker Pat Grassley said in a statement. “He will be sorely missed by all of us, but he is in a better place.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said she admired Landon’s willingness to work hard and “get the job done.”

“When John spoke, people listened,” she said in a statement. “He was known as a trusted, genuine, caring person always willing to put others before himself.”

Marvis Landon said details for Landon’s funeral and visitation will be announced.

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Katie Akin
Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.