John Emery Strohmayer
Redding - John Emery Strohmayer of Redding, passed away on November 28, 2019. John was born on October 13, 1946, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. John is survived by wife Connie, sons Steve, Tim, and Kevin, grandchildren Carese, Andrew, and Carson, sister Natalie Crowder (John), sister-in-law Carol Cash (Buddy), brother-in-law Richard Stamos (Irene), and numerous nieces and nephews.
John and his parents, Emery and Esther Strohmayer moved to Central Valley, California in 1948. John was confirmed and active in St. James Lutheran Church which was established in Central Valley in 1949, where his parents were charter members.
John attended elementary school through high school in Central Valley where he was a standout high school scholar athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball.
After graduating Central Valley High School in 1964, he attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California on a baseball scholarship. After graduating in 1968, with a bachelor of arts degree in history, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics. In 1969, he was drafted by the Montreal Expos and made his major league debut in 1970. John married wife Connie in 1970 and they had three sons, Steve, Tim, and Kevin.
In 1973, he joined the New York Mets which won the national league pennant in 1973. An arm injury shortened John' s pitching career, and he retired from baseball in 1975.
John returned to his hometown in 1975 and assumed a career in education starting with a teaching position at Junction Elementary School in Palo Cedro, then at Central Valley High School in 1976. While at CVHS, John taught history and math as well as coached basketball and baseball. In 1989, he led the CVHS Boys Basketball team to the Division III State Championship. In 1993, John began his administrative career as an assistant principal at CVHS and then became principal in 1999, and Superintendent of Gateway Unified School District in 2003. John retired from Gateway Unified School District in 2009.
John will be remembered for his commitment to the community, his church, his dedication as an educator, and love of kids. John lived life to the fullest in which he participated in various hobbies such as golfing, hunting with his three sons, fishing, and RVing with family and friends.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at CrossPointe Community Church, 11:00 a.m., 2960 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96002. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Valley High School Scholarship Fund or St. James Lutheran Church in John's memory.
Published in Redding Record Searchlight from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11, 2019.