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John Bryan McClain

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A Celebration of Life service for John Bryan McClain, 44, of Chico, will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2008, 9:00 a.m. at Calvary Chapel.

John was born in Urbana, Ohio on September 20, 1963 to Carleton and Doris McClain. He was the youngest of four children. When John was four, he and his family relocated to Longmont, Colorado. At the age of twenty-three John moved to Chico and started working for Simbex which became 3M. He worked there for thirteen years, until the Chico plant shut down. John then started working for C.U.S.D. as a custodian and painter. On March 28, 1992 John married Dawn Gurgel in Chico, the two met when Dawn started working at 3M. John attended Calvary Chapel where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. More recently he attended Orchard Church. He was an aggressive Denver Bronco fan. John enjoyed golfing and loved his family and friends.

In July of 2004 he was diagnosed with gastric/esophageal cancer and had gastric bypass surgery in August. At one of many follow-up scan appointments John was told that the cancer was back and was placed under the care of hospice. John fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.

John will be missed so much by his wife of sixteen years, Dawn McClain; his two children of whom he was so proud, Jacob and Marisa McClain, all of Chico; his mother, Doris (John) Elliott of Walker Lake, NV; his sister, Cindy (Mark) Nixon of Hawthorne, NV; his brother, Mark (Irma) McClain of Greenfield, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and many steadfast friends; everybody loved Johnny. He was preceded in death by his father, Carleton McClain and his sister, Debby Dohner.

Memorial contributions may be made in John's name to Enloe Hospice, in care of Affordable Mortuary who are handling the arrangements. Send condolences online at www.affordablemortuary.net.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 31, 2008
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