Giovanni "John" Favillo (1935 - 2017)

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Giovanni "John" Favillo
October 21, 1935 - March 3, 2017
Giovanni "John" Favillo was born on October 21, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York to Gaetano and Alphonsina Favillo. He was the youngest of seven siblings. John grew up and attended high school in Brooklyn followed by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1952. While stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, working as a mechanic on B-47s, he met and married Bernardine "Deania" Otter in Boise.
In 1957, right after marrying, John and Deania were transferred to March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calinfornia, where they had three of their five children. In 1962, the family was transferred to Altus, Oklahoma, where John was Crew Chief of KC-135s and B-52s. While in Altus, the couple had their fourth child.
In 1966, they were transferred to Dover, Delaware, where John served at Dover Air Force Base and cross trained as a flight engineer on a C-141. Their fifth child was born in Dover.
John was thereafter transferred in 1968 and served two tours during Vietnam and was recognized among the top 10% of the flight engineers in the EC-121 at Korat Air Base in Thailand. In the summer of 1969, he was transferred to Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, California, where he was flight engineer on the C-5 and C-5A and received his AA from Solano Community College. He remained there until he retired in 1974 as a T/Sgt.
The family moved to Caldwell, Idaho, in 1974 and John joined the J.R. Simplot Company Food Group Division (Caldwell) as a Cost Accountant. He retired in 1993 as Food Division Human Resource Manager.
John enjoyed being an active participant in the following:
- Coast Guard Auxiliary 1988-2006
- Mayor's Committee
- Little League baseball coach
- West Valley Medical Center Auxiliary
- Caldwell Elks
- Substitute teacher at Caldwell High School
John spent the last several years traveling with his family, chasing grandchildren to numerous events, and fishing with his best friend. In 2015, his eldest son escorted him on a tour through Italy for an opportunity to experience his family history.
John is survived by his wife, Deania (Otter) Favillo; daughter, Shana (Arden) Savell of Caldwell, ID; four sons, Gaetano "Tom" Favillo of Seattle, WA; Giovanni "BJ" Favillo of Phoenix, AZ; Gino (Janice Kidman) Favillo of Caldwell, ID; and Gerard "Gerry" (Valerie Egusquiza) of Eagle, ID; seven grandchildren: Joseph Savell, Alphonsina Savell, Kristin (Joe'l) Hernandez, Brooke Favillo, Madeline Favillo, Luke Favillo, and Carly Favillo; and one great-granddaughter, Seraphina Savell Thomas; one sister, Celeste (Favillo) Cuozzo of AZ; one brother, Vincent Favillo of NY; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gaetano and Alphonsina Favillo; siblings, Francesco Favillo, Angelo Favillo, Ralph Favillo, and Maria (Favillo) Sasso.
Donations may be made in John's name to the Caldwell Veteran's Memorial Hall, 1101 Cleveland Blvd, Caldwell, ID 83605.
A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell on Saturday, March 11th, at 10:30 a.m. The Rosary will be said on Friday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m., also at Our Lady of the Valley, in the Guadalupe Chapel. Services are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Mar. 8, 2017
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