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John David "Johnny" Pace

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John David "Johnny" Pace Obituary
Pace, John David (Johnny)
69, joined his parents, Gilbert and Ophelia Pace and three brothers, Richard, Gilbert and Stanley Pace in Heaven on October 13, 2015. He was born March 30, 1946 and is survived by his wife, Kathy and her sons Ray and David. Johnny is also survived by four sisters, Anna Lee Pace, Sharon Pace Henson (Glenn), LaVerne Pace, all of Gilbert, AZ and Norma Pace Barnard (Don) of Atoka, OK. He will also be missed by nieces, nephews, and many close cousins. John was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico but, lived most of his life in the Phoenix area. He graduated from Mesa High School in 1964, and is a third generation Pace with parents and extended family coming to Arizona during the 1930's. John attended Phoenix College and ASU and worked as an Optician in Phoenix. John was a Vietnam Veteran and served two tours of duty in the United States Navy as a Boatswain's Mate on the USS Halsey, stationed at the DMZ near Da Nang. John stated he was exposed to Agent Orange during this 18 month period. Prior to his death, he acquired pancreatic cancer and suffered with it for over 3 years. John will be honored with a full military memorial service for Veterans on Thursday, October 29th at 1:30pm, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ. Please share memories through the Guest Book at www.obits.azcentral.com

Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 25, 2015
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