Cameron, John 05/29/1920 ~ 01/18/2015 LAKESIDE -- John Cameron, a member of one of the pioneer families of Santee, passed away at his home in Lakeside, January 18, 2015. He was born at home in Santee, California on May 29, 1920 where he lived most of his life until moving to Lakeside in 2003. He attended Grossmont High School and was in the Navy during World War II. When he returned home after the war, John joined his brother William Cameron and formed Cameron Brothers Construction Company. They were members of AGC, EGCA and BIA. John and Shirley were married for over sixty years, they loved hunting, fishing, camping and were able to do a little traveling. In later years, they divided their time between Santee and the Borrego Springs housing development and Resort. John became a member of the Lakeside Historical Society as well as the Santee Historical Society and enjoyed conversations about "the way it used to be". He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley and his parents Emily and William Cameron as well as brothers Harry Cameron, William Cameron and James Cameron. Survivors include daughter Sharlene J. Cameron of El Cajon, sons John A Cameron II (Jack) of Lakeside and Terry W Cameron of El Cajon, grandchildren John A Cameron III, Stacy Conery, Terri Jo Bailey, Heather Squibb, Tracey Coker, Austin Cameron, Chad Cameron and 16 great-grandchildren all of whom will miss his smile and the great pride he took in their lives. Services will be held at Paris-Frederick Mortuary, 678 South Mollison, at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 27. Officiating at the services will be his nephew Joe Sturz of Greenville, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his name to the Santee Historical Society, PO Box 71036, Santee, CA 92071.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 25, 2015.