John Jay Wren

John Jay Wren John Jay Wren died at age 44 in his home on July 2, 2013. He had four loves, God, family, football, and South High. All four interconnected his life. His love for God helped him serve the youth in his football program with dedication and a drive that cannot be compared. His family was with him at every game. His son Gunner, currently a member of South's varsity football team; his son Gader served as the ASB President at South before graduating in 2012; his daughter Natalie is currently a student and cheerleader; his wife Marina serves on the South High Athletic Booster Board. They were a Rebel family through and through. They all believed in his cause, knowing there was far more to football than coaching - he was molding men. John was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to father William Wren and mother Paulette Wren. In 1984 John moved to Bakersfield and attended South High School. Shortly after graduating, John served a two-year (1988-1990) mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lisbon, Portugal. Upon returning from his mission, John married Marina in 1992 and returned to South High as the Athletic Trainer in 1997. While serving as the Trainer, John attended Cal State Bakersfield where he received his Bachelors in English and teaching credentials. John also held a Masters Degree and administrative credentials. John served as a coach at South High School for over twenty years. Anyone who had ever come into contact with John knew he was a competitive and passionate coach. He loved each of his players and coaches. Much of John's life was devoted directly to football. John's love for his players was displayed in numerous ways. He organized trips such as Wild at Heart which focused not on actual football, but on the character building of the players. John Wren is survived by his wife Marina; his children Gader, Gunner, and Natalie; his mother Paulette Wren; his sister Leasa Arvig; his eldest nephew Kyle Harsh; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. John's bold personality, sense of humor, and unforgettable voice will be truly missed. Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 5500 Fruitvale Ave on Monday July 8th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers you may donate to the Wren Family Fund by contacting Adriana Vidal at (661) 472-8644.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 7, 2013