John Martin Friend passed from this life at the age of 70 on January 30, 2021. \r\n\r\nJohn was born August 29, 1950 at the Hominy Hospital in Hominy, Oklahoma to proud parents Wallace & Pauline Friend. John attended Hominy schools and was a member of the Hominy marching band playing the French Horn. He later attended Oklahoma State University & Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. John worked extensively with earth moving equipment in his younger life and helped his dad on the family farm and baling hay. Later, he still ran a dozer and commercially baled hay and opened his Ford muscle car restoration business, Blackstar Performance. When his parents passed in 1991, John took over their mail route. He ran it until the day he passed. While John loved the patrons on his route, farming & heavy equipment, Ford muscle cars were his passion. He often said, "if it isn't a Ford it's a foreign car."\r\n\r\nIt was at Blackstar that he met his soulmate Mindy. They dated a year and married on the anniversary of their meeting. March 9, 2021 would have been 25 years married and 26 years together. A year and half after marrying, his pride and joy, Echo Marie was born. He even picked her name. He was a long time attendee of the Mid-America Shelby meet. He passed his love of muscle cars to Echo, they went every year to the meet. John will be deeply missed, not only by his family, but also by his customers and fellow car enthusiasts. He was a walking encyclopedia on Ford Muscle cars, and he was generous with his knowledge. \r\n\r\nHe had a great love and respect for Stephen, the young man Echo married. He always said he never worried about her because he knew Stephen would take good care of her. Their daughter was the light of John's life. He enjoyed the time he got to spend with Aleah, his granddaughter. He adored her and would always ask "When is she coming back over?" just as soon as she went home.\r\n\r\nJohn is preceded in death by: Both Parents, Brother, James Wesley Friend and Sister, Janice Kay Friend\r\n\r\nJohn is survived by: wife, Mindy Friend of Hominy; daughter and son-in-law, Echo and Stephen Rankin of Sapulpa; granddaughter Aleah Rankin of Sapulpa; uncle and aunt, Melvin and Anna Mae Carter of Okay, Ok.\r\n\r\nMemorial Service will be held February 5, 2021 at 10:00 am \r\nLegacy Chapel at Woodland Memorial Cemetery in Sand Springs, OK 1200 N Cleveland Ave.\r\nChano Trevino - Officiating \r\nFuneral Services have been entrusted to Dillon Funeral Service.