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John Thomas (Marrs) Gordon died unexpectedly on May 12, 2013 following knee surgery. He was born March 30, 1945 in Los Angeles to Mildred Marrs and George Gordon. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1963, receiving an award for perfect attendance all four years. He played football, baseball and basketball, but football was his favorite. John served honorably as corporal (E-4) in the United States Marine Corps from 1963-1966 as a radio repair man. While in the Corp, he received the Rifle Expert Badge and National Defense Service Medal. John loved all things Marine and was proud to have served his country. He was one of those Veterans who stood with his hand over his heart and still cried when he heard "The Star Spangled Banner". Every year, John celebrated the Marine Corp birthday on November 10. He graduated from College of the Sequoias with an Associate of Arts degree in 1972 (while still playing football), then went on to graduate from California State Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor of Science in public administration in 1977. John joined the Redondo Beach Police Department in 1970 and ultimately obtained the rank of sergeant. He proudly worked there until 2000. He served as range master, SWAT commander, honor guard member, "Officer of the Year" and was a past president of the police officers association. John was assigned to a Redondo Pier detail, where he was shot in a gun battle with a dangerous felon and received the Medal of Valor in 1982. John received a Life Saving Award in 1998. John also received the Meritorious Service Award from Redondo Beach Police Department. His last assignment before retirement was to the pier detail again. He loved working with the businesses on the pier, walking in the fresh air, looking at the beautiful ocean and, yes, the sunbathers too. Upon retirement, he worked part time for Platinum Protection Group in private security. In his spare time, he enjoyed bike riding, playing golf with his friends, visiting his grandchildren, and the occasional trip to Laughlin or Las Vegas to play "Let It Ride". He was an avid sports fan, and had every possible sports channel on his television. John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Marcia Gordon; his daughter, Alison and her husband, Gregg Melton; his son Matthew Gordon and his wife Darci; his stepson John Lenahan and his wife Virginia; and stepdaughter Kris Lenahan. He is also survived by his grandchildren Grant Gordon, Carli Gordon, Abigail Melton and Audrey Lenahan. Celebration of life and memorial services will be held on a future date. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Semper Fi Fund in honor of John Gordon at https://semperfifund.org/donate. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits and presstelegram.com Semper Fi and God Speed
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on May 22, 2013