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John Perry Oakes


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John Perry Oakes
July 16, 1935 - February 18, 2015
Resident of Redwood City
John Perry Oakes (Jaypoh) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, in Redwood City, CA. Born on July 16, 1935, in Iowa City, he was 79 years old and lived in Redwood City for 45 years. He was a loving husband of over 45 years to Eleanor (Ellie) Oakes and beloved father to Kimberly Oakes, Marc (Julie) Manuel and John Oakes and cherished grandfather of Alexandria, Claire and Grace Manuel. He honorably served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. He studied at the State University of Iowa and Long Beach State College, receiving a BA in Political Science, and he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall in 1965. John began his career in the field of law as California State Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Criminal Division from 1965 to 1970. He was employed as a Deputy District Attorney in San Mateo County for 30 years. He devoted 36 years to criminal prosecution, including assignments as the first Consumer Fraud attorney, as well as prosecuting many serious felony cases, including murder. He served as a mentor to many beginning Deputy District Attorneys, providing sage advice that only comes from age and experience. John is believed to be the longest serving Deputy District Attorney in the history of San Mateo County. He loved books and was a voracious reader of biographies and crime novels. He spent his summer's fly fishing and volunteering for the Henry Fork Foundation in Idaho. John had a passion for learning and never stopped taking classes. His latest areas of interest included biology and ornithology. A private family ceremony will be held. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Save the Bay and the Peninsula Humane Society.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 22, 2015
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