Our beloved son, John William Ladd, 38, passed away on June 1, 2017, as a result of a brain aneurysm hemorrhage at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in California. That day, the world lost a brilliant electrical engineer, loving father, son, brother, and friend to many. A celebration of life will be held in Billings, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, at First Interstate Bank Operations Center located at 1800 Sixth Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.
John William Ladd was born on Oct. 6, 1978, in Chico, California. John was raised by his mom and stepfather, Scott Ingram, primarily in Shepherd. John graduated from Shepherd High in 1997. After high school, John attended Montana State University-Bozeman and graduated with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering. John participated in the MSU Undergraduate Scholars Program and interned at ESI, Tektronix Inc. and Micron, gaining valuable experience which resulted in being hired by Micron, right out of college. Later, John went to UC Davis Open Campus Extension RF Series and Graduate Studies Applied Electromagnetics at University of Michigan.
While attending MSU Bozeman, John met the love of his life, Katrina Yochim, who was in the civil engineering program. On May 11, 2002, the two graduated and were married the next day. The couple settled in Boise, Idaho, and lived there until 2009, when the division of Micron (Aptina) that John was working for transferred him to San Jose, California.
Since 2009, John lived primarily in the San Jose area and worked for different companies such as Aptina, Rambus, BAE and Altasens. His area of expertise was in imaging and his list of patents is well over 70. John’s colleagues best describe John as someone who had an uncanny ability to think outside the box and come up with inventive ideas and solutions. John always had the ability to perform under pressure, no matter which activity he was involved in.
In addition to his formal employment, John formed his own company, Roman Systems Engineering. He led a team of 20 engineers and contributors to develop a prototype of a novel 3D liquid scanning system that allowed 3D image reconstruction of physical targets that are unable to be scanned with any known scanning technology (i.e. laser scanner, x-ray, ultrasound). Roman Systems Engineering was highlighted on EEWEB, KTUU Alaska and MSNBC, and made top 10 “Engineers Picks.”
As a youth, John enjoyed baseball, fishing, gold mining and Kenpo Karate. In Boise, John and his wife Katrina loved hiking, fishing, shooting guns, and spending time with their two dogs. John was passionate about kickboxing and participated in many fights. At 6’5’’, John had a large reach advantage to the detriment of his opponents. John became the amateur heavy weight IKF Muay Thai champion in 2006 and defended his title successfully in 2007.
John’s wife, Katrina, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 16, 2014. Her death devastated John, and he never fully recovered from her loss. Katrina was his wife, soul mate, and number one supporter in all things.
John’s family is grateful for all the kind words, stories, pictures and support from his friends, family and colleagues. John’s last wish was to be an organ donor and his gift of life will benefit the lives of many.
John is survived by his beautiful daughter, Tesla Albrightson (Megan) of Ridgecrest, California; parents Jennifer and Scott Ingram, of Shepherd; brother, Robert Ladd of Colusa, California; father, Douglas Ladd, of California; grandfather Marshall Milton, of Billings; and grandmother Jane Wagner, of Yuba City, California.
John is preceded in death by his wife, Katrina Ladd; grandmother Jeanne Milton; and grandfather Larry Wagner.
In lieu of flowers, an account is being set up for a college fund for John’s daughter, Tesla, under Jennifer Ingram, at First Interstate Bank, 401 N. 31st St., PO Box 30918, Billings, MT 59116.