John Aaron Catlett

April 7, 1963 - December 31, 2021

04/07/1963 - 12/31/2021

John Aaron Catlett passed away Friday, December 31, 2021 in Glen Dale West Virginia from Covid.

John was born April 7, 1963 in Albany, Georgia.

He is preceded in death by his father, Marvin Catlett, grandparents John and Betty Catlett, Floyd and Libby Yost, aunts Lana Mixon, Mary Jane Salter and uncles Dick Waugh and John R. Catlett.

He is survived by his loving mother Karen Sue Catlett (Yost), fiancé Hannah Hood, aunts Dorothy McPeek, Delores Murdock, uncles Floyd (Linda) Yost and Donald
Mixon and several cousins and many friends.

John graduated from Charles M Russell High School in Great Falls Montana. He graduated from Durham, North Carolina Police Academy and Bedford Texas Police Academy where John was valedictorian.

John led a very exciting and full life while serving his country in performing Ambassadors Protection Detail for 9 years in Iraq and 2 years as a Police Advisor and Protection Detail in Kosovo. He guarded the President and vice president, US and foreign dignitaries, secretaries of state, US Generals and Admirals.

John won many sharpshooter awards, was a firearm instructor and was on the domestic abuse team for the Durham Police Department. He loved fine cigars, music and his motorcycle.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life is being planned for April.   Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Avenue, Moundsville, W, 26041.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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Alexandra Georgos
1 year ago

I send my condolences with great sadness. John was a colleague, a brother and the best friend I could ever have. You will always be in my heart. May you rest in peace.

I close my eyes and see
the memories of you and me.

I miss your smile, I miss your laugh
You were the best friend I ever had.

Deep in my heart you be kept
I promise I will never forget.

When I look up to the moon
I know you watch me and guide me through.

Goodbye is not the end
Someday we meet again.

Alton Tyndall
1 year ago

So sorry to hear about Johns Passing, I worked with him at Durham PD, I saw john last when I sold his townhome a couple years ago, he will be missed, prayers for the family,

Jerry Fisher
1 year ago

John was my friend for longer than any other that I can remember. My family moved in across the street from the Catletts when I was 9 yrs old. Our families have been through many changes over the last 46 years, but we kept in touch through it all. John was my go to for advice, and my first son is named after him. We remained close over the years. He helped me in 2006 when my younger son died, and I did my best to help him when we lost his dad in 2008. Over all the years, together we have dealt with births, deaths and Steeler losses. For the rest of my life, all of my families happy and sad moments will be tempered by the memory of my best friend John. Love you forever…Jerry

Dear MrsC, ,
You have always been a like a mom to me, I know what it’s like to lose a son and I’m so sorry you lost yours. I know I will never take his place, but I want you to know that I have always thought of you as a second mom. Love Jerry

Robert Gaddy
1 year ago

Rest in Peace my brother.. You will be missed!!

DPD Academy #7

Jo Landa Clayton
1 year ago

John was a fellow officer and friend. John insisted that I shoot his new Benelli shotgun in the police Olympics several years ago. I always remembered that. He was a classy guy. RIP

Don &carol Gruber
1 year ago

We would like to express our deepest sorrow for your loss. He will be in our prayers

Terri Stead
1 year ago

I am so sorry for the loss . We also have lost Wonderful Loving Family members to covid. Your in my heart and prayers.Sincerely, Terri Stead

Nick Jung
1 year ago

Dear Mrs C
God certainly had purpose Jeff Fischer, Jerry Fischer, Nick Jung and John as part of the Catlett family! We have cried together, loved together, and the memories will always keep us together! Many things about tomorrow we don’t seem to understand but we know who holds tomorrow and who holds our hand ! We were certainly gifted with Mom Catlett and her 4 boys ! We truly lived an unforgettable bucket list ! That’s what true friends and family do !
Love always
NICK Jung & the Amigo

Dave Bartsch
1 year ago

I know words cannot express what you are feeling at the loss of your son, John Aaron. I know from how you talked about him that he was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. His obituary paints him as a loving, devoted son who accomplished much in his life cut too short long before his time. I’m sure you can take great pride in such a man. You know we are here for you and will do anything and everything we can to ease your heart ache now and in the tough times to come.

Doug Nelson
1 year ago

John was my friend. I didn’t know him for long but he had a big influence on me. I met John when he started at Cabelas. We worked in the gun cage together and hit it off immediately. We shared the same interests in things and enjoyed laughing and conversing topics of the times. John and I would sit and talk at break time and lunch about all the experiences he had over seas and at home. I considered John someone to look up to and strive to be like. I will miss him greatly. John you were someone we should all try to be like. Till we meet again my friend.