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John Crothers

Retired correctional officer

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POSTED October 18, 2009 2:19 a.m.
John Crothers was born November 26, 1932 in Hayle, England. He passed away at his home in Manteca on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. John was the youngest of nine children born to Thomas John Stanley Crothers and Margaret Ann (Richards) Crothers.

John immigrated to California at the age of sixteen. In 1953 he joined the United States Army and was sent to occupied Germany. In 1955 John was honorably discharged from the US Army. John married his English sweetheart Janet Bland. John and Janet were married for nearly 54 years. They spent their married life in the Stockton and Manteca areas. Originally a house painter by trade in 1967 John decided he would like to work in law enforcement. He was hired at Deuel Vocational Institution as a Correctional Officer. John spent most of his career at DVI and was promoted to sergeant there. He retired from the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Academy after spending ten years instructing new officers.

Besides his wife John is survived by his three children; John T.S. Crothers of Texas, Deborah Norton and husband Rodney of Stockton and Janine Miller and husband Dean of Manteca. Six grandchildren; Marcus, Christina, Michele, Jennifer, Dena and Nathan. Four great grandchildren as well as four sisters; Peggy Pearson of Stockton, Margaret Galloway of San Diego, Joann Longhoffer of Stockton and Vera Webber of Sacramento.

John was very proud of his American citizenship and his career in the California Department of Corrections. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

John was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters; Gertrude Pope, Betty Dark, June Bicknell and one nephew; David Pearson.

P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road Manteca, is handling all funeral arrangements. Visitation is Monday, October 19, open to family and friends from 1 to 5 pm. Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 20, at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Committal will immediately follow at Cherokee Memorial Park, Highway 99 & Harney Lane, Lodi. The DVI Honor guard will be at both services presenting honors. John has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society; P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. An online guest book is available at for condolences.  
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009
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