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John Foster Bethel


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John Foster Bethel Obituary
November 27, 1921 - May 3, 2018 Born in Missouri, John served in the U.S. Navy from 1938 to 1945, seeing action at Pearl Harbor, 12/7/41, and elsewhere in the Pacific. BA in journalism from USC where he met his future wife, Mercedes Zapata. Married in 1949, moved to Long Beach and raised four boys. Worked as a journalist on local L.A. papers and drove a Helms Bakery truck before returning to school to earn a teaching credential and MA from CSULB. Taught English at Artesia High School for twenty years, retiring in 1981. Retirement was travel and many fun times, including summers at their 'hand-built' cabin near Fort Bragg, CA. John is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mercedes; sons Mark (Patricia), John (Carol), Paul (Kathryn), and Robert (Wendy), and grandchildren, Dylan (Sarah), Cassady, McLeod, Brian, Melissa, Robert (Jenn), Amelia, Connor, Geoffrey and Caroline.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 12 to July 15, 2018
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