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John Edward Mayer


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John Edward Mayer Obituary

John Edward Mayer was born February 5, 1928 to Jack and Elizabeth Mayer in Dunsmuir, CA . The family bought property just off Hwy. 70 in District 10 and built their home. John and his brother Merval made many memories on those 2 1/2 acres that grew into a park. Then disaster. John caught the polio virus. Fortunately the damage was only to the lower half of his body. The doctors suggested that he be institutionalized but his mother was the original "I am the storm" mother.

John went to Yuba City High and met Mary when she was attending a 4-H sewing class led by his Mom. The courting began. Soon they married and started a family.

In 1949 John was studying poultry husbandry at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Their son, John Thomas was born there. Back in District 10, the summer of 1950, Nancy Elizabeth was born early, delivered at home by John! Helen Marie was born 13 months later back in San Luis Obispo. They settled in Hallwood to raise the family and John had the 'chicken farm' he always enjoyed. He was active with the First Christian Church until 1964 when they moved to Yuba City.

John had a long and varied work history, often working more than one job. In the mid-fifties he was the news department at KMYC. When the radio station in Marysville flooded John stayed with the crew when they evacuated to the top of the feed tower on Bridge Street in Yuba City. Unable to use the stairs, he went to the top, hand-over-hand, up a rope! Then Yuba City flooded. The family only knew he was ok two days later when they heard his voice on the emergency channel.

His career became teaching and teaching became his passion. He taught at Lone Tree on Beale Air Force Base for several years. Mr. Mayer taught science at Bear River in Wheatland for 25 years. He was involved in creating the 'Science Fair'.

They found a home church in Yuba City at St. Andrew Presbyterian. John enjoyed participating with the men in several groups, and singing in the choir. John and the family were blessed by amazing friendships formed through his service work at St. Andrews with an angel named Ralph. John loved to work wood. His family treasures several special pieces made by John. He loved to make toys for Christmas baskets thru his church. His last project was working on the altar for the new sanctuary. His hobbies included every aspect of the railroads… modeling, Pine Tree Railroad (an outdoor, ride on, railroad the family built on the District 10 place), movies and riding when he had the opportunity.

John's love of photography brought him both employment and enjoyment as many memories were captured on film. John has faced all challenges in life with his remarkable 'I think I can' attitude. Always a humble man, he passed away September 4, 2017, in Mountain View, CA.

John is survived by his wife of 69 years Mary Mayer, (whose memory is treasured by); children: Thom and Linda Mayer, Nancy McCollum, and Helen and Alan Swagerty. Grandchildren: Jack and Irene Mayer, Paul and Michelle Swagerty, Laura Swagerty and Morgan and Amanda McCollum. Great grandchildren: Rayne, Reesa, Cedar, Kole, Tayan, Legend, Atarah, Adora, Nalani and Creed Swagerty and Max McCollum. His brother-in-law, Jim Bates, numerous nieces and nephews along with the many friends who loved him. We'll miss him. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kristina Mayer-Padilla .

Services will be at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Franklin in Yuba City, on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church's deacons fund or are suggested.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9, 2017
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