Family & Friends to Remember John Book at Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 30th

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | May 27, 2018
John Book would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, an offer he couldn’t refuse. This offer had a great sign-on bonus — reunion with family and friends, Master Mechanic with no waiting, Hemi Cudas, Mopar, drag racing with the best and leisurely sitting on the fence in the outfield with The Babe, Joe DiMaggio. Hank Aaron, Lou Gerhig, Roberto Clemento watching the game of life and reminiscing the good times.
John Santo Book, Jr., 73, fought a long hard battle with Parkinson’s and finally admitted defeat May 23, 2018. He was born in Clarksburg, WV April 12, 1945 to the late John Santo Book, Sr and Esther Irene Colebank Book, paternal grandparents the late Sam and Mary Marino Book and maternal grandparents Jasper and Faye Sturm Colebank.
John attended Lumberport High School and West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Marrying his high school sweetheart, Mary Beth Underwood Book and recently celebrating 51 years together. Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law Kelly Dionne and Jon Rolstad, four grandchildren (the Pride of JSB,Jr.) Dareth Mallory Murphy, Cole Santo Murphy and sweetheart Stephanie Marshall, Brennan Michael Murphy, Chapin Emerson Murphy; their father, John Murphy and step-grandson Siver Rolstad.
He is survived by one sister, Mary Cate (Ron),Maryville, TN; two brothers, Michael (Elizabeth), Enterprise and Stephen (Judith), Kodak, TN. One sister, Susan preceded him in death. He also leaves behind his doting dogs, Joe and Marilyn, and several cats.
John Book Automotive Service was his forte. Precision, excellence, honest and in NO hurry to get those cars done.
Those Hemi engines were music to his ears and loved drag racing with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat with his good buddies, Boogie Oliverio, Frank Scarcelli and Lou DeRosa. He was known far and wide for his expertise, locally and at drag race tracks around the Area. The ‘71 Mountain Mopar Hemi Cuda Convertible was his pride and joy.
He was the co-owner of Eldora Raceway with the late Joe Zurzolo for several years in the 70’s and 80’s.
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