John was born Jan. 21, 1943, in Valier, Illinois, to Marie (Hill) and James Clarence Bright. He had one brother, George Bright, and one sister, Milldred Bright Bullock, all of whom preceded him in death.
John enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1962, and joined the rifle team. He was a Vietnam veteran, and was honorably discharged in 1968.
He moved to Wyoming in 1990, and had a passion for Appaloosa horses, and the mountains. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and camping, and riding his horses on the pack trails in the wilderness. He would sometimes say he wished he was born 100 years sooner so he could have lived the life of a mountain man.
John is survived by son John Charles Bright II of Cody, and daughter Jamie Bright, of Michigan.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Ballard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.