John J Maran

John passed away in the evening of February 16, 2013. He was born August 19, 1925 in Los Angeles, CA to the late John Maran and Gertrude L Kuhlman. Times were hard, having little he decided to become a provider for his family. This can do attitude he embraced throughout his life. Unable to complete school, feeling it more important to provide for his mother, he went to work in construction. With this knowledge he acquired a job as foreman with the U.S. Government in 1941.
He worked on many sites building bases in places like Camp Roberts (San Luis Obispo) Beal Air Field, Chico Airfield. He was inducted into the Army in August 1944; while stationed at Camp Maxie TX he met and married Grace M Walters (widow) who was working at Lone Star Defense Plant near Texarkana. The couple were married in Hugo, Oklahoma February 13, 1945. He was transferred to Panama for his overseas duty during which time the Army acknowledged his talent in carpentry and his "can do attitude" They put him in charge of keeping the camp up and running, his job title was "Carpenter, Repairman"; achieving the rank of Sgt. upon being discharged in August 1946. He then went back to Los Angeles, CA and opened a Car-Lot, and then returning to construction he worked tirelessly with his "can do attitude" saying "any job worth doing was worth doing right." He and his crew built throughout the L.A. Basin building custom homes in places like Malibu, Palos Verde, and Hollywood. He and his crew were more like family than employees. Many were drawn to his fun loving, easy to know ways. In the words of Will Rogers "He never met a man he didn't like". That was John J. Maran, a man, who people felt at home with. His laughter, love, and friendship. A man who didn't back down from anything. "Let's get to work."
John J. Maran is survived by his wife Grace M. Maran (Marie) of 68 years, his sons Gary (Karen) of Maui, HI, and their two children Michael and David. Scott (Lynn) of Paradise, CA, and their two children Brad and Connie. John (Tyree) of Mtn.Home, AR, and their three children Jana, Nickolas, and Gina. And son-in-law, Gene Nabonne of Newbury Park, CA, and three children Michell, Cari, and Brian. A sister Betty Gates of Magalia, CA, a brother Victor Maran of Paradise, CA. 11 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents John Gertrude Maran, daughter Glenda Nabonne, brother Harvey T. Maran; granddaughter Nikkole Maran.
The family is planning a private memorial. The family request in lieu of flowers that all contributions be made to the Alzheimer disease/research @ 650-962-8111or alz.org; or to the pancreatic cancer research @ www.pancan.org.

Published in Paradise Post from Feb. 23 to Mar. 23, 2013