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John Arthur (Badad) Fynn, longtime resident of El Paso, Texas, and Cloudcroft, New Mexico, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 1, at the age of 92. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Leigh, with whom he enjoyed 68 years of marriage and a life of love, family, and service. He was born in Chicago on July 3, 1921, to John Arthur and Annie Dundas Fynn. He spent his young life moving around the country with his family while in service to others as part of the Salvation Army. There, he developed his strong moral compass, unwavering Christian faith, fierce honesty, and enduring kindness to others. Eventually, the Salvation Army brought his family to Madison, South Dakota, where he met and fell in love with Mary Leigh Porter. They were high school sweethearts, and married in September of 1942. After Pearl Harbor, he joined the
U.S. Marine Corps
, where he served bravely in the Pacific theater of
World War II
. He returned home safely to Mary Leigh to start his family and a lifelong career with Chevrolet Motor Division of
. In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, the great loves of Badad's life were golf, the outdoors, and the Dallas Cowboys. He and Mimi spent their retirement years enjoying time with family and each other, traveling to their favorite spots (Coronado Island, Cloudcroft, and Santa Fe) in their Airstream trailer, and participating in their many church activities with cherished friends. Badad found joy in the simple things like his morning coffee, a hike through the mountains, collecting seashells on the beach, and sitting quietly with his wife to watch the birds. His greatest joy was passing on those passions to his children and grandchildren, and watching them find happiness in the same things he did. John is survived by his daughter Marti Filley and her husband Dwight, his daughter Kathy Galatzan and her husband Leigh, and his son John and partner Tim, as well as his sister, Lillian Richards, sister-in-law Jean M. Krohn, and brother-in-law Carl E. Porter. Badad was the beloved grandfather of Barbara Yentes and her husband Gary, Steven Filley and his wife Jackie, Brian Filley, Amy Rouquette and her husband Tres, Josh Galatzan and his wife Emily, Katie Galatzan, and Matthew Galatzan. Badad cherished his eighteen great-grandchildren, Garrett, Cameron, Griffin, Caleb and Gillian Yentes; Sean, Blake, Jason, Austin, and John Filley; Ryan, Luke, Jack and Madeline Rouquette; and Charlie, Anna, Libby, and Molly Galatzan. He is also mourned by Claudia Elizondo and Julia Piña, his loving companions who cared for him devotedly for last four years of his life, bringing light and happiness to him every day. He loved them whole-heartedly, and they loved him as their own. We are also grateful to his dedicated caregivers Jennifer Quintana and Margarita Costa, his loving nurses Monica Vasquez and Raymond Martucci, and Dr. Alan J. Karp. John was loved and respected by all who knew him, and while his passing brings devastation to those close to him, we rejoice that he is at peace and reunited with Mimi. A service of celebration and thanksgiving for the life of John Arthur Fynn will be held on Saturday, July 5, at 1:00 PM at St. Clement's Church, 810 N. Campbell, El Paso, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to: Cuidad Nueva, 810 N. Campbell, El Paso, TX 79902, the Salvation Army (
) or the Wounded Warrior Project (
) Services directed by San Jose Funeral Home Central.
Published in El Paso Times from July 2 to July 9, 2014
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