John Suslavich

John Suslavich, Former Military Legislative

Assistant to Rep Don Young, Joins Blue Origin to

Lead National Security Space Policy

John Suslavich, a former military legislative assistant to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), recently joined Blue Origin to lead their national security space policy efforts.

Before joining Blue Origin, he worked in Congress on national security and military policy for more than 15 years. During that time, he advocated for bills such as the National Defense Authorization Act and Build Back Better appropriations legislation.

Early Life and Education

John Suslavich was born in Rochelle, Illinois and raised in Paxton, Illinois. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois before going on to receive an MBA from Indiana University.

He was a Certified Management Accountant and enjoyed working, golfing and exercising. Additionally, he had an affinity for Illinois sports teams such as the Illini and Chicago Cubs, particularly.

He passed away on November 7, 2021 and is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Eileen Long. Additionally, he leaves behind his son John Francis Suslavich of Delray Beach, FL; brother Tom Suslavich of Parrish, FL; sister Ann Nogle (Jud) and their daughter Olivia Nogle of Savoy, IL; as well as many friends and loved ones. We will all miss him dearly.

Professional Career

John Suslavich held a variety of titles during his long and distinguished career, such as Data Analyst at Keller Williams Realty. Additionally, he served as Technology Trainer and Agent Services Leader within the same company. Beyond work, John was an ardent family man and passionate sports fan – his wife Eileen said “John had a heart of gold”. Survived by his loving wife, three children (including two grandsons), four granddaughters, one grandson, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many friends; John unfortunately passed away November 7th 2021 from an acute bacterial infection but left us all intact so we will remain together forever in memory of John Suslavich

Achievements and Honors

John Suslavich was an active participant in the Danbury-area sports community. He enjoyed running, hiking and snowboarding through Vermont’s Adirondacks and Green Mountains.

He played soccer for the Ridgefield Senators and earned a national Academic All-American distinction, one of three FCIAC players to do so.

The Academic Office is delighted to announce the students who earned second semester honors. Kat Woods, Amy Varsell and Jackie Nicholas from Northwestern were named first team in singles; Shepaug’s Riley Brigham and Shawn Childs took home the sportsmanship award; while Lewis Mills’ Mickey Motta and Beth Grimes shared doubles glory with Beth Grimes from Lewis Mills.

Personal Life

John Suslavich passed away at 65 years old in Delray Beach, Florida from an acute bacterial infection on November 7, 2021. Survived by his wife Eileen Long and their son, John Jr.

John was an upbeat individual who always had a smile on his face. He enjoyed playing golf, exercising and spending time with family and friends.

He was an active member of the Snowbird Ski Patrol and its surrounding community. Additionally, he was certified as a Level A Avalanche Search Dog trainer. Most importantly, he was a dedicated father, husband, friend – loved by all who knew him. Sadly, those who knew him will miss him dearly.

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