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81 years old , of Suprize AZ passed away on February 1, 2013. John lived a colorful and full life. Born to L.W. and Gladys Hamber on June 5, 1931 in Oakland, California, he grew up to love the game of football. He played for the San Jose State University Spartans and was named Most Valuable lineman in 1952. As a Captain in the Marine Corps, he played on the Marine Corps football team at Quantico and was named "All Marine All Stars". He knew many football greats, to include his dear friend, Bill Walsh. While in the Marine Corps, he was instrumental in the formation of Force Recon. He graduated #1 in his Army Ranger School. He graduate #1 in the Navy underwater dive class which would eventually evolve into he SEAL program. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1960 from Camp LeJeune. He was in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics for the Virgin Island sailing team.John owned and operated John Hamber's Watersports in the Virgin Islands in the 1960's and 1970's. John was survived by children, Kimberly Hamber Baker; Eric Werge Hamber: Scott Dunn; Claudia Dunn Frazier. His grandchildren, Jamie Michelle, Virginia; Kelly Heather Butler and Brian Wesley Baker II;Cortney Marie Dunn. Burial will be in St. Thomas VI
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 12, 2013