John BalbachWith heavy hearts, we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, colleague, and partner, John J. Balbach.

John was a native of Louisville and alumni of St. Xavier High School. Balbach graduated from Murray State University in 1974, with a degree in accounting. He began his accounting career with Charles R Hatton & Company, moving on to Geary, Balbach & Hardt until it was sold to Arthur Young. He joined Cotton and Allen in 1986 and was later named a partner in the Firm. His practice was focused primarily on income taxation and estate planning. Balbach was also involved in business consultation including business transactions, and design and implementation of accounting systems. With more than 40 years in the accounting practice, 30 of which were at Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Balbach distinguished himself as a notable Louisville business advisor, with retirement just last year in 2016.

His favorite memory at Dean Dorton was serendipitously discovering other Murray graduates at the firm. He was actively involved in the community, sitting on boards and committees for the Tom Sawyer State Park Foundation, Our Lady’s Rosary Makers, St. Margaret Mary Church, United Crescent Hill Ministries, and his home owners’ association.

During retirement, Balbach spent much of his time enjoying trips around the world including Germany and Alaska with his wife, Cathy, and spending lots of time with family (including two young grandsons) and friends.

“John was more than just a partner working at a local accounting firm. His exceptional personality made him a valued resource for many clients and a business advisor of the highest caliber. He was one of the kindest people I have ever worked with and made every day of “work” a pleasure. John cared deeply for all of his clients and colleagues whom he considered friends,” says Gwen Tilton, Louisville Managing Director. “John touched so many lives for the good. We are truly honored and grateful we were a part of his career and life for so many years.”

Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2017 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, East, Louisville. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road, Louisville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to St. Xavier or Trinity High School Annual Funds.