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John William Fain

John William Fain

July 12, 1927 - April 19, 2018


John William Fain, 90, of Etna, California, passed away April 19, 2018. He was an honest and kind man, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who was always by your side in good times and bad.


Born on July 12, 1927 in East Los Angeles, at the age of 16 John shipped off to the Pacific, where he served during World War II. After the war, he returned to California, where he met the love of his life, Betsy Ann Conklin ("Betty"), to whom he was married for 66 years. Together they grew a family in Leona Valley, California and, after retiring from professional life, settled in small town Etna, California.


John led a long and fulfilling career in law enforcement, joining the LA County Sheriff's Department in juvenile corrections, and eventually as a Detective Sergeant in the narcotics and organized crime bureaus, in the Federal Aviation Administration investigating airplane theft, and as Chief of Police in Haines, Alaska. All the while John was an exemplary lifelong learner, garnering degrees in criminology and sociology, and opinions about most everything.


John enjoyed travel and sharing stories of his adventures searching for family roots, trekking the Alps, and sailing across the Atlantic. In later years, he and Betty frequently took their 5th wheel to Baja, Mexico, visiting friends and relatives along the way. He loved his dogs, Bible study, literature, history, astronomy, lively conversation, and volunteering in his community.


John is survived by his children, Steven (Lynn), Kathleen (Dave), John (Tammy), and Sean (Julie); his grandchildren, Will (Brandi), Woody (Lizzie), and Clara Fain, Dylan (Kaydee) and Joey Wright, John and Tony Fain, and Daniel, Jack, and Kieran Fain; as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty; parents, Katherine and Earl; siblings, Ed, Earl (“Dutch”), Jim, Ray, and Peggy; daughter-in-law, Tammy; and many close friends.


Services will be held Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Etna United Methodist Church. A potluck lunch will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Etna United Methodist Church ‘Loaves and Fishes Program’, P.O. Box 70, Etna, CA 96027.

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