JOHN ALLEN MANN, 63, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Huntington, returned to the loving arms of the Lord, at 6:10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. John was a local entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist. He was a 1968 graduate of Huntington High school and he earned his bachelors degree in Political Science at I.P.F.W. He was the CEO of JMA, Inc., a company he started in the mid 70's. The company did marketing, PR, promotions, restaurant management and entertainment. He was involved in promoting various forms of entertainment throughout his career including clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Ringling Brothers Circus, Carson & Barnes Circus, and Bearcreek Farms Resort. He was an enthusiastic advocate of the Circus and Outdoor Amusement Industries. The company eventually owned and operated 60 Subway Sandwich Franchises in Tennessee, Michigan and Indiana. The company currently owns 22 Subway Shops, all in Indiana, and owns commercial and rental properties, an investment company, a commercial leasing company and farmland. It also continues to develop entertainment projects in the area. He also started a charitable foundation that contributes to many local charities and non-profit organizations, including Matthew 25, Huntington Y.M.C.A., Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, Huntington Free Clinic, St. Mary's Soup Kitchen, Riley Children's Hospital, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Civic Theater, Roanoke Public Library, Mad Anthony's Hope House and more. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Huntington University P.A.C.E. Board and the Riley Foundation Northeast Indiana Regional Leadership Committee. He was born on Jan. 3, 1950 in Huntington a son of Max and Mary (Allen) Mann. He was united in marriage to Gale Meyers on April 15, 2000 in Fort Wayne. His beloved wife survives. Additional survivors include a stepson, John Witting of Indianapolis; and a stepdaughter, Karen Witting of Los Angeles, Calif., as well as numerous cousins and good friends. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at the Myers funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, Ind. with calling one hour prior to service. Pastor Robert Land officiating. Visitation also from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at the funeral home. Interment will take place in the Markle Cemetery. Memorials are to Riley's Children Hospital or donor's choice in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Ind. 46750. To sign online guest registry visit www.myersfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Feb. 24, 2013