John Esterly

John Mark Esterly, 65, died March 6, 2015 after a lengthy illness.

He was the owner of Pragma Design, a marketing and graphic design firm based in Londonderry.

Son of the late John and Marcia (Logee) Esterly, he grew up in Ohio.

He attended the University of Michigan, where he studied engineering and then photography and graphic design, before moving to New Hampshire in 1982.

As a photographer, his goal was to create naturalistic photographs he found personally compelling. He grew a significant body of work that explored specific themes, and exhibited in galleries and festivals around New Hampshire, and before that, in Michigan.

He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Art Association (NHAA) and was an active member of the NHAA Photo Group.

His interests ranged from computer programming to cars, nature to basketball, road trips to Tom Clancy novels. He was a great listener and was known for his sense of humor.

He leaves his wife of 43 years, Gayle (Radice) Esterly; daughter Laura Esterly of Denver, Colo., her husband, Andrew Wermuth, and their children Emery and Ian; daughter Karen Esterly of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, her husband, Bryan Clark, and their son Cole; his brother, David Esterly and his wife, Beverly, of Westlake, Ohio; and many extended family members.

The family thanks the staff at Lahey Oncology and Hematology in Salem, NH, for their care throughout his illness.
Memorial calling hours will be held Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, with a service at noon.ÊIn lieu of flowers, donations in Mark EsterlyÕs honor can be directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( to support research funding, and Caringbridge ( To send a condolence or for more information, visit

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