Snapshot: John Koch IV
Occupation: I’ve worked as a home inspector for the past nine years at Home Quest. It’s a family-owned and -operated business that was started more than 20 years ago by my dad, John Koch III. It’s based out of Shelton, but we serve all of Fairfield County.
Family: I’ve known my wife, Jan, since we were 12 years old. We were actually neighbors growing up in Shelton. We’ve been married for six years. We have a son, John V, who we call Jack. He’s nine months old.
Pets: We have a cat, Jeeps, that we adopted from Massachusetts. We were told he was a kitten when we got him, but when we took him to the vet in Newtown, he estimated Jeeps was already somewhere between one and five years old. So, he’s around 7 to 12 years old today.
How long have you lived in Newtown? About six years. We picked Newtown because the school system is really great and it seemed like a nice community to live in. We were thinking ahead for having a kid.
What do you like to do in your free time? I do woodworking and have a workshop in my basement. My latest project was building a rocking horse for my son. I’m a carpenter by trade. I also do some leather crafting.
Do you have a favorite book? I like history and my favorite book that I read most recently is an autobiography of Davy Crockett. I lived in Texas when I was a kid, so I enjoyed it.
What is your favorite travel destination? We like going on road trips. So far my favorite place is a toss up between the sequoias and Death Valley [National Park].
What is the best part about Newtown? All the different businesses, especially the mom and pop shops. There’s everything here. Newtown Hardware is my favorite; I go there so often. There are so many good restaurants in town, too. My wife also loves Caraluzzi’s — you can’t beat it.
If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? Davy Crockett. I hear he was a hoot. He sounds like he was humorous for his time.
Do you have a favorite TV show? The old reruns of Seinfeld. I used to have a cat named Kramer that I named after the character in the show.
What is your favorite food? Tacos. We usually make them, but when we go out, we like to go to Mexicali Rose in Newtown. I also like the taco trucks in New Haven.
What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever been given? Work smarter, not harder.
What is something you cannot live without? My hats. I am a big hat collector and have an extensive collection. I have a winter rotation and summer rotation. Most people have not seen me without a hat. My son now has more hats than most people.
What is your proudest accomplishment? Having my son. I’m very proud to have a son — we knew what his name was going to be before he was born. Also, there is nothing better than hearing him laugh.