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Dr. Dewey Jan Resident of Fresno Retired optometrist, Dr. Dewey Jan, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the age of 89. He was born and reared in Oakland, he graduated high school at the time of Pearl Harbor. He postponed college to work as a shipfitter at a local Naval shipyard. After graduating from the University of California, he served on the staff at Letterman Army Hospital in San Fran- cisco. He started his office in downtown Fresno, then moved to North Blackstone and Barstow. Before his retirement, he associated with the East Shaw Optometric Group and Eyesite Vison Center. He was a Life Member of the California Alumni Association, a past president of the Central California Optometric Society, and honored as its "Optometrist of the Year" in 1977. He was a pioneer in the fitting of progressive lenses, (invisible bifocals), has published several articles in optical journals, participated as clinical investigator for several lens manufacturers and lectured extensively a- cross the country. He was an avid runner and jogger, and a founding member of the Fresno Joggers. He ran in hundreds of 10k races, and finished five 26 mile marathons. He holds a record of ten consecutive personal record improvements in the annual Father's Day six mile run. He also competed in the Senior Olympics in the 100 and 220 yard dashes, and the 4 x 100 relay, as a member of the Northern California Seniors Track Club. He enjoyed line dancing, playing the piano, ice skating, sailing, and writing poems for special occasions. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Gloria; daughter Julie and her husband Eric Sharp of Scotts Valley, and their children Melissa and Kevin; son Dr. Darrell Jan and his wife Dr. Ann Neville-Jan of South Pasadena, and their children Sara and Joseph; and sister Sarah of Alameda. At his request no services were held. Remembrances may be made to the , 7425 N. Palm Bluffs Ave., Fresno, CA 93711. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 1525 E. Saginaw, Fresno, CA 93704 (559)227-4048
Published in Inside Bay Area on July 21, 2013
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