"I go where freedom goes," John Stephens said to his mother after she questioned a letter to the editor he wrote in 1963 protesting the treatment of homosexuals. John led a life as an activist, becoming a conscientious objector to Vietnam, for which he was jailed, and an ardent defender of the environment. He retired from working as a plumber with the Napa State Prison for the mentally insane. Two years ago he was diagnosed with asbestos poisoning, Mesothelioma, from working at the hospital. He died on August 25, 2013, living his life to the very end with the spirit of compassion and concern for others.