John B. Littlejohn
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Sept 25, 1933 -
July 10, 2013
John was the only child of Lloyd L. Littlejohn, a rancher and Margery M. Littlejohn, an artist.
Survived by his wife Kathleen M. Littlejohn, children Charles D., Lisa M.,, and Lloyd B. Littlejohn, and 4 grandchildren.
John was the great-grandchild of early California pioneers, Helen D. & James A. Littlejohn. They came to Sutter Co. from Ohio in a covered wagon in 1859. They built "Littlejohn House" in 1899 (Hwy 99 & Franklin Blvd.) is now the Y.C. Chamber of Commerce (considered on of the finest examples of Victorian Architecture in the state).
John was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1955 after serving in Guam during the Korean War. He loved the military!
He attended Chico State University & joined the Sutter Co. Sheriff's Dept. in 1959 as a patrolman. He quickly rose through the ranks, retiring as Chief of Detectives (he was the 1st person to hold the position of Lieutenant in the dept). Through his training at the FBI National Academy he later escorted federal prisoners for the FBI.
He became an early expert in the emerging field of forensics. (Was Sutter Co. Coroner for years) He became a sought after speaker on the subject, seminars were attended by people from all over the country. The L.A. Co. Coroner for 22 years, Mr. Thomas Noguchi, spoke with him at one such seminar.
Some keynotes in his career were when he worked on cases with author & psychic Kathlyn Rhea of the show "Psychic Detectives". Then on May 19, 1971, he gained national attention when the Juan V. Corona murder case broke. He was the lead/arresting officer, helped exhume the bodies, and was in charge of security for both trials.
He was an avid lifelong hunter and expert in ballistics, testifying in numerous court cases.
He was in private business for over 45 years on his ranches, known for expert & pioneering cultivation of walnuts. (One of the 1st people to grow an experimental variety of walnuts (CARMELOS.) One of the 1st ranchers to switch from the old "check" system of irrigation to the modern Rainbird system. (A.D. did a story on it because it was a new way to irrigate.)
He was a member of F & Am Lodge #70 Mason since 1959 and Shriner since 1987.
A Service will be held Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Twin Cities Memorial Chapel.
Donations may be made to Shriners Burn Center (Sacramento) or Sutter North Hospice.
Published in Appeal Democrat on July 16, 2013