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John Dangleis was born in Los Angeles, California to Peter and Jean Dangleis. He graduated from Garfield High in 1948. John then served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1955. After the service, he earned both a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Master's Degree in Administration from Cal State LA.
John worked for the City of Azusa as Recreation Director from 1958-1971 and City Administrator from 1971-1983. After a brief retirement, he accepted a position as City Administrator in the City of Carson, where he served for 3 years. Later returning his focus to Azusa, John spent a number of years as a city Councilman. Always a supporter of sports and the community, John spent many years involved with both SCMAF and Kiwanis.
John officiated college basketball for 23 years. In 1974, John began assigning basketball games. Over the next 38 years, he served as coordinator for both men's and women's officials for numerous conferences, including: PCAA/Big West, GSAC, SCIAC, CCAA and the Foothill Athletic Conference.
John Dangleis is survived by many friends and loved ones. His immediate family includes his wife of 48 years - Sue Dangleis, 5 children and their spouses: Debbie & Richard Ventimiglia, Dina & Kelly Sparks, Bob & Janice Dangleis, David & Karilyn Dangleis and Dore & Geoff Baker, as well as 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
A public celebration of John's life is being held on Wednesday, June 20th at 11:00 am. Location: Azusa Pacific University, 901 E. Alosta, Azusa, CA - Upper Turner Campus Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the development of US Olympic Athletes. www.supportteamusa.org
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on June 17, 2012