12/7/1923 - 3/21/2013
On March 21, 2013, John William Mahan passed away after a lengthy illness. Mahan, a 3rd generation Californian, was born in Sacramento, Calif., the eldest son of Maurice and Irene (Rooney) Mahan in 1923. The family moved to Roseville, Calif., in 1925 where the elder Mahan was engaged in business. John attended the local schools and Christian Brothers High School, graduating from Roseville High School in 1941.
Mahan attended Santa Clara University until he entered the Navy in 1943 where he was stationed at Corona Naval Base. After discharge from the Navy, he entered Placer Junior College (now Sierra Community College) where he played football and was on the Student Council. After graduation, Mahan entered University of California, Berkeley where he was affiliated with the ATO Fraternity, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Psychology. After graduating, Mahan began working at McClelland Air Force Base during which time he attended the U.S.A.F. War College at UCLA
. He retired in 1982.
On a blind date in 1953, John met Mary Ann McCarthy who was a registered nurse anesthetist at Roseville Community Hospital. They were married in June 1955. When John retired, he and Mary Ann became enthusiastic world travelers, visiting over 23 countries on five continents.
Mahan was active in local politics beginning with his appointment to the Roseville City School District, a position to which he was re-elected for the next 25 years. During his tenure on the School Board, Mahan was instrumental in acquiring the funding to build the gymnasium at Warren T. Eich Intermediate School, which was named for him. He also was a member of the Placer County Board of Education, Sierra College Foundation, Roseville Community Hospital Board, Roseville Historical Society and co-chairman of the St. Rose Catholic Church Building Fund.
Mahan was an avid sportsman who readily looked forward to his annual deer hunting trips throughout the West. He played football both in high school and college. He loved skiing and was a champion trap shooter. He was also active in local organizations including VFW
, Active 20/30 Club, SIRS, and was a charter member of the Elks Club
of Roseville. It was at the Elks Lodge where John enjoyed spending time with his many friends and his "harem".
John was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Irene, his wife of 48 years Mary Ann, his brothers and sisters-in-law Tom and Virginia Mahan, David and Betty Mahan, and nephew Kevin Mahan. He is survived by his children, Irene of Sacramento and John Jr. of Roseville, brother Robert (Gloria) of Roseville, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to the wonderful health providers at Sunny Hill Home Care, owners Gabriel and Gianina (Johnnie) and their wonderful staff: Neli, Vladimir and Gloria. In addition, equally heartfelt thanks go to Ed, Jim, and Joy at Vitas.
A viewing will be held at Cochrane's Chapel of the Roses, 103 Lincoln St. on April 2, 2013 from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by a Rosary to be held at St. Rose Catholic Church, 615 Vine St. at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Rose on April 3rd at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Roseville District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fr. Corcoran Scholarship Fund or the