John Karrigan Bork 1944 - 2006
Services for John Karrigan Bork, 61, Lawrence, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. Private inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Bork died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.He was born Oct. 23, 1944, in Oklahoma City, the son of William Samuel and Julia Karrigan Bork. He graduated from Buhler High School in 1962 and Hutchinson Community College in 1964. He received a B.G.S. degree in 1974 and a J.D. in 1977 from Kansas University.Mr. Bork served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was elected Jefferson County attorney in 1981 and went to work as assistant attorney general in 1985. He was deputy attorney general and head of the criminal division from 1993 to 1995, when he became assistant attorney general. He litigated cases in 30 of the state's 31 judicial districts and successfully argued many precedent-setting cases before the Kansas Supreme Court and Kansas Court of Appeals. He was Kansas Prosecutor of the Year in 1997 and received the Kansas Prosecutor Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.Mr. Bork was a member of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and the Kansas County and District Attorney's associations.He married Jean F. Shepherd on Feb. 4, 1978, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include three sons, Reid and wife Amanda Clark, Fort Worth, Texas, Karrigan and wife Laura, Redwood City, Calif., and Ian, Palo Alto, Calif.; a brother, Bob, Bloomington, Minn.; two sisters, Kathy Markwell, Socorro, N.M., and Tricia Canavan, Milwaukee; and three grandchildren, Eli, Caroline and John Bork. A brother, Billy Marlowe, died earlier.The family suggests memorials to the John K. Bork Memorial Scholarship to benefit Free State High School graduates, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary with checks made out to the Lawrence Schools Foundation.