John A. Haskin, Ph.D.
John A Haskin, Ph.D., 73, of Traverse City, died Nov. 28, 2019 in Alden. He was born Nov. 9, 1946 in Traverse City to Frederick H. and Alice Bowie Haskin.
He leaves his beloved wife, Roxanne K. Fall; four daughters, Merissa Haskin, Jennifer Schemke and Kimberly Haskin, of Manchester, and Astraea Lilley (Haskin) and her husband, Ben, of Ann Arbor; stepdaughter, Jessi Smith and her husband, Jim, of Alden; and his sister, Betty Haskin and her husband, Bill Neville and their son, John Neville, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He also leaves seven grandchildren, McGuire Irvine, Alex and Morgan Swartout, Jayden and Devin Lilley and Adriana and Sebastian Smith.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Austin Swartout.
John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and graduated with high honors in 1967, a master's in education in 1972, both from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from The Union Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1992.
A psychologist in private practice for 25 years, John was president and lead psychologist of Management & Behavior Consultants, PC of Traverse City. In addition to providing therapy for individuals, he specialized in working with law enforcement and emergency services personnel, active military and veterans. Before joining MBCTC, John was the director of training and public information for Great Lakes Community Mental Health Services.
Active in many professional organizations, he was awarded the Presidential Gavel for Outstanding Leadership and Continued Service by the National Association of Mental Health Information Officers and Pro Bono Publico Award by the American Society of Trial Consultants.
A lifelong educator, he began his teaching career at Traverse City Senior High. Later, John was adjunct faculty at Spring Arbor University, The Union Institute and University and Northwestern Michigan College.
John was an avid sailor, owning several sailboats over the years. A lifetime highlight was sailing from Clearwater, Florida, to Elk Rapids on his new 35-foot sloop, "Shrink Rap," in 2002. He was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron.
John was a dedicated player, collector and restorer of vintage Hagstrom guitars and maintained a large personal collection. He loved reading, writing, gardening, sailing, art, theatre, music, humor and cooking (especially if he could use or preserve something from his garden!). John also had a passion for the natural world. He enjoyed caring for the many plants and trees surrounding his home, creating fairy gardens for grandchildren and photographing close-ups of nature. Always engaged in life, he was at work on a new sailing adventure novel. He and his beloved wife had recently returned from a cruise on the St. Lawrence Seaway, where he was researching history and locations to put the finishing touches on the story.
John will be remembered by family and friends for his huge capacity for love and kindness, his generosity, willingness to help others, keen intelligence and his wit and love of a good pun.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road, Traverse City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either of the following organizations: The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation/Traverse Area Community Sailing Endowment or online at; or The Nature Conservancy in Michigan or online at
Published on December 15, 2019


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Massimo, from Venice, Italy
Feb 08, 2020
I only can say I have known a great man.
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Feb 04, 2020
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Feb 04, 2020
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Mike Knowler
Feb 03, 2020
My condolences from Edmonton Alberta Canada. I first communicated with John via eBay in about 2002. My first bass was a Hagstrom that I acquired when I was 16-17 ( 1974-75. )I had developed an interest in Hagstroms again, as well as other vintage basses. John and I became good long-distance friends, chatting on the phone, buying and selling. In one project, John went to Kalamazoo to get Gibson parts for a vintage Gibson he was refinishing for me. John was a great guy and I will miss him. I had chatted with him again just last Fall about a Hagstrom bass in his collection.
Gary L Nicola
Dec 22, 2019
I knew John back in the 70s, when he was teaching at TCHS. Many of our discussions still shape my thinking. I still have a Rosewood Ankh that John made bsck then. I saw him last when we were recovering a hot-air balloon near his home 20 years ago.
Sad I missed my chance to reconnect.
Merissa Haskin
Dec 20, 2019
I miss you so much dad ! Thank you for being my father I learned a lot from you and your wisdom and your silly joke's . Your smile warm my heart. I love you always, you help so many people .
Dec 20, 2019
So very sad to hear this. John was my counselor for years, he helped me through the roughest time in my life. Not only was he my counselor he was also a dear friend. My thoughts are prayers.
Noah Creamer
Dec 17, 2019
Beautifully written! Your Dad was quite an amazing man. Our family sending lots of love and positivity during this hard time.
Lois Godfrey
Dec 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss, thinking about all of the Haskin Family. Love and Prayers.
Kara Schmidt
Dec 16, 2019
John will be missed......! you left us too soon my friend. RIP
Benita Lee
Dec 15, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. We were coworkers for some years and one could always rely on John to be kind and helpful, beyond his work commitments. Peace