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John Price

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John Price Teacher John Thomas Price, 76, retired Redwood H.S. teacher, coach, and drivers' training instructor was called to be with our Lord and Savior on January 21, 2013. John and his wife, Norma Beth Price, recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. John was born in Benden, Michigan, on April 12, 1936 to Thomas and Harriet Price. John and Norma attended Traverse City, Michigan schools. After graduating from Central Michigan University, John and Norma moved to Alpaugh, California, where he taught for two years. John then taught drafting and shop classes for 35 years at Redwood, where he also coached football, baseball, and Varsity basketball. John was a member and usher of the Visalia United Methodist Church, where he and Norma attended weekly Bible study classes. He was a sheriffs' Volunteer in Patrol for many years, a past Elk's Lodge member and Breakfast Lions, and an avid follower of Visalia Rawhide Baseball. John favorably touched many lives with his great compassion, his tremendous love for family, and his lasting friendships. Papa always left a kind impression upon those he knew. John loved to travel with Norma and family, especially to Michigan in summer, where, in his great patient teaching style, he instilled in his kids the importance of hard work in the cherry orchards while always making time afterward for family games, competitive sports, swimming, drives to the sand dunes, and fun. He will be deeply missed. John is survived by his wife, Norma; sons, Michael Price (Toni LeGras) of Cayucos, and Thomas Price (Cheryl) of Visalia; daughters, Janice Westbay (Rick) of Visalia, and Sherri Strickland (COL Kenneth, retired) of Gaston, Indiana; seven grandchildren: Chris Strickland (Ann), Ashley Ling (CPT Caleb), Brian and Jill Westbay, T.J. and Marissa Price, and Cheri Lujan; seven great-grandchildren (Madisen, Patrick, Evan, Harrison, Celia, Jayden, and Acacia), and numerous nephews and nieces. And survived by one sister, Harriet Buerher. John was preceded in death by granddaughter Savana Marie Price. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made to , 2222 W Shaw Ave Ste 201, Fresno, California 93711; , 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231; or, Central Valley Christian Schools, 5600 W. Tulare Ave, Visalia, CA 93277. Funeral service will be held Friday, January 25, 2013 at Visalia United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held, Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Private burial. Condolences may be e-mailed to info@salseranddillard.com

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 24, 2013
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