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John Jameson Elmore


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John Jameson Elmore Obituary
June 14, 1926 - August 29, 2017 John Jameson Elmore, 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at his home in Newport Beach, CA, with his wife, Anabeth, by his side. He was born to the late John and Hetty Joy Elmore in Riverside, CA, on June 14, 1926 and was raised in Brawley, CA, with his late siblings Hetty Joy, Miriam, and Stephen Elmore. Upon graduating high school, John joined the US Navy and served during World War II as a seaman guard aboard the Liberty ship, SS Charles H. Windham. After serving in the Navy, he attended Oceanside Junior College, then transferred to his father's alma mater, the University of Southern California. He later became a trustee of USC, serving for many years. In 1949, John fell in love with a beautiful Brawley girl, Ann Elizabeth Kelley. They were married on February 10, 1951 and welcomed four children, Howard (Cindy), Richard (Robin), Margaret (Hank Darnell), and Kelley (Bob Witt), eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren over their sixty-six years of marriage. Following in his father's footsteps, John was a successful farmer and an innovator in the agriculture industry. Through John's various farming ventures, he grew, packed, and shipped fresh produce grown in the Imperial Valley, Central Coast of California, and Mexico around the world. John contributed to local organizations, agricultural boards, and other groups. He was a member of the Brawley Elks Club, the Imperial Valley Veg Growers Association, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the Big Canyon Country Club and other organizations. John served as a board member of the Western Growers Association and was awarded their Award of Honor in 1998. He was a member of the Conquistadores del Cielo, a founding member of Rockwood Chemical Company, and served on the board of directors of Crocker Bank and LTV Corporation. John is survived by his wife Anabeth, all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Imperial Valley Community Foundation (http://www.ivcommunityfoundation.org). A celebration of life will be held on October 6, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Del Rio Country Club in Brawley.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2017
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