John Emery Strohmayer
1946 - 2019
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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.

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Published in Redding Record Searchlight from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11, 2019.
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September 8, 2020
My condolences to the Strohmayer family. John was my varsity basketball coach 82-83. He was a very special man and a friend. I respected him very much! He had a way of teaching life lessons through coaching. It was a privilege to play for him. I know he is in Heaven right now teaching the angels how to shoot free throws. I can still hear him in my mind after all these years coaching me when I shoot hoops today. I will never forget Mr. Stohmayer. He is the kind of person you can't and don't want to ever forget.
Rest in Peace!!
David (FISH) McOmber
February 11, 2020
I played baseball for Coach "Strohbob" in the early 80's at CV. He will always have a special place in my heart and soul.
Mike Markus
December 17, 2019
A bit older than I, John was a hero image for me as a young aspiring baseball player. I recall packed houses at Tiger Field when he and Sonny Dixon would match up. Through all of his athletic accomplishments he never forgot where his roots were. A shining example of what we all should strive to be. My best thoughts are with all of the Strohmayer clan. The torch has been passed, carry it proudly.
Jim McShane
December 13, 2019
My condolences to Connie, his sons, and the family. I respected John as a a fellow teacher and then as an administrative colleague. We didn't always agree on issues, but I respected his viewpoint and often sought his advice/point of view because I knew he kept his focus on what was best for the student(s) involved. Whether he was coaching, teaching, mentoring, or leading other educators, John gave his all. We lost touch after we both retired, but I was always proud to read and hear about his community involvement. John truly made a positive contribution wherever he went.
Joyce Bianchini
December 13, 2019
So sorry to hear about John's passing. As man and son of a teacher and educator at Central valley high School, the story of mr. Strohmayer a small town man reaching his goal to play in the major leagues was a motivation to me. And then to have him as a teacher and a coach when I went to high school was even better. My condolences from my whole family to the strohmayer family he will be sorely missed!
Dwain Sellers
December 13, 2019
My daughter had John for Algebra when she was in the 8th grade before she attended CVHS. He became one, if not the most memorable teacher she had at CV HS. I asked, and he accepted, to let me wire him with a microphone while filming some of his games. He was passionate and expressive and the recordings were proof. We gave him the tapes, and also put together during the 1989 season an album of pictures of the team and the games. It became a truth that the support and involvement of the community, not just the parents were with him all the way. His support and kindness and encouragement for his team and students will be missed by one and all. Rest in Peace, John.
Jim and Linda Sains
December 13, 2019
My heart felt condolences to the strohmayer family. Mr. John strohmayer was an awesome teacher coach, friend and mentor! I am a 1985 graduate of CVHS as my brother (Harold) 1982. As Falcons, we were very blessed to have him at our school.

God Bless & Prayers to you all.

Kelly (Saunders) Potter

Kelly (Saunders) Potter
December 12, 2019
Our condolences to the Strohmayer family. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Strohmayer from Central Valley HS. There wasn't a prouder Falcon than Coach Strohmayer. He was a great basketball coach and a great teacher. Both my wife and I had him as a math teacher, and he always made learning fun with his witty personality and teaching style. You will be truly be missed John. God bless you and your family.
Norm and Dolyene Lane
December 12, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Strohmayer's passing. I graduated CVHS in 1982, and he was one of my favorite teachers there. My brother graduated 4 years prior to my attendance and he has one of Stroh's baseball cards with his autograph on it. What a good man he was, he will be missed.
Leslie Cochran (Fox)
December 12, 2019
So sorry to here about John's passing. He was a great person to work for and was a great influence in our sons life. Sending the family our condolences and prayers! May God watch over his entire family!
Jerry Johnson
December 12, 2019
Mr. Strohmayer was one of the best teachers/mentor I ever had. He was truly a wonderful man and now a top notch Angel!
Teri Buelow (Tavey)
December 12, 2019
Connie and family we are so sorry for your loss.
Connie and family we are so sorry for your loss.
Cheryle and Rich Pinnell
December 11, 2019
Coach was a great teacher at CVHS... when we moved home in 2009 and started volunteering, it was great to see him at all the various fundraisers... and of course he was still Coach Strohmayer!! Our hearts are with you all...
Bonnie (Burgan) Mason (CVHS c/o 1979)
December 11, 2019
Coach Strohmayer genuinely cared about the young people he taught, coached and mentored on and off the playing fields/courts. For me, he made JV baseball, already a fun endeavor, even more enjoyable with his good nature, baseball expertise and exceptional sense of humor. A true leader, and one of my favorite coaches, he was man who was easy to follow. His teachings have remained with me for nearly four decades.

My sincerest condolences to the entire Strohmayer family.


Dan Hendrickson (1980)
December 11, 2019
What a wonderful life, we were blessed to know him. My dad was his biggest fan!!

The McMullen Family sends our prayers.
December 11, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers to Connie and Family.
Misty McIntyre(Krigbaum)
December 11, 2019
My Condolences to Connie and the family. John was one of a kind. I will miss him greatly, but Thank Him for all that he did for our Community. Prayers go out to the Strohmayer Family.
Bonnie Hurlhey
December 11, 2019
My condolences to his family. He was a great man. Mr. Strohmayer was my favorite teacher! (Class of 81) Thought of him many times throughout the years. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Cara (Williams) Haas
December 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Strohmayer was a great teacher, coach and friend. He was always available to his students and positively influenced many lives. Condolences to Connie, Steve, Tim and Kevin.

Tina (Lane) Zeller (Class of 85)
Tina (Lane) Zeller
December 10, 2019
My condolences to the Strohmayer family. "Coach" was instrumental in shaping the lives of the Cobb boys. Weather in the classroom or on the court I learned several lessons. It was with his encouragement that I became a highschool basketball coach over 20 years ago. He will be missed.
Bryan Cobb
December 6, 2019
John was a lifelong friend. We Both attended Toyon Elementary School, Deer Creek Jr. High School and Central Valley High School. John left a legacy that speaks for itself, School Superintendent, Educator, athlete and coach. He touched a lot of lives in a very positive way. I believe that Central Valley High School had a very special place in his heart. He started there as a student and ended there as it's principal. My condolences to all of his family.
Harry Bishop
December 6, 2019
So sorry to hear about John's passing. Long time friend of my older brother. Prayers to his family
Lisa O'Hern
December 6, 2019
Very sorry to hear of this. John was a long time friend, colleague and peer. John was in many ways bigger than life. He did good work and never forgot where he came from. He was a good man.
Greg Beale
December 4, 2019
I was in Mr Strohmayers first class at Junction Elementary. We were hard on him as a student teacher, for which we apologized for later. We loved him. And the fact that he was a baseball player endeared him to me even more. I would like his family to know that I have never forgot him and speak of him often. He was a great man, and I am honored to have known him. I am sorry for his familys loss.
Kimberly (Klatt) Peterman
December 4, 2019
Mr. Strohmayer made a difference in countless lives as an educator. I was one of the blessed ones to have him as a teacher. He inspired.
Amy Van Nest
December 3, 2019
He was a good friend, and I will miss him and be very sad for quite awhile. My condolences to all of his family. I am very sad and very sorry.
John McShane
December 3, 2019
Darrell & Margie & family knew John when he first came to Central Valley High school. We always thought he was very good for the school & our kids Pam & Chris. So sorry for your big lost.
Darrell & Margie Ludwig
December 3, 2019
So very sorry and shocked to hear of Johns passing. My deepest condolences to all of you. Wishing his family peace and comfort.
Toni Sherman
December 2, 2019
My Condolences. He was my history teacher at CV High School back in 76-78.
He was a great man and teacher.
Tracy Rubio-Rawlins
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