JOHN FANNIN Dec. 24, 1942 - June 21, 2010. John H. Fannin, 67, formerly of South Bend, Ind., passed away Monday, June 21, 2010, in St. Rose Hospital - San Martin Campus, after a recent illness. With him at the time of his passing were Phyllis Tutty and J. Gail Cuthbertson, friend and cousin, respectively. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Keotah Fannin; and dear friend, Bob Tutty of Tulsa, Okla. John (a.k.a. "Bush" and "Coach") was born in Maywood, Calif., and spent his early childhood and elementary school years at John Brown Military Academy in Long Beach, Calif. When his family moved to Saudi Arabia, he continued his elementary education at Senior Staff School, Abqaiq. He graduated from the Notre Dame International School, Rome, Italy, and earned both bachelor's (political science) and master's (Russian history) degrees at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma in 1967, he found his first teaching job in South Bend, Ind. Surrounded for the next 37 years by legions of "Fighting Irish" supporters, he happily remained a lifelong University of Oklahoma football fan. Employed by the Stanley Clark School, John's career included the positions of history teacher, football and basketball coach, athletic director, chairman of the Social Studies Department and director of the summer school program. In addition, he was chairman of the curriculum committee, supervisor of the SSAT testing program, middle school head, upper school head and assistant headmaster. Actively involved in the South Bend community, John was chairman (Education Division) of United Way; served on the boards of the Indiana Non-Public Education Association and National Council for Social Studies; volunteered with the Michiana Council for the Arts and Sciences; was a member of the Organization of American Historians, coach with the Michiana Soccer Association; teacher-coordinator of the Junior Achievement Project Business; and midwest director of the Notre Dame International (Rome) Alumni Association. His additional professional experience included serving on evaluation committees for the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), serving on the Ad hoc Admissions Committee of St. Joseph High School in South Bend, and being an active member of the Project S.C.O.P.E. Summer Enrichment Program. Following his retirement, John was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest distinction in Indiana awarded by the governor. While leaving a legacy of compassionate guidance and lively classroom discussions, John will be remembered for his generous nature; he and his family provided funding for Fannin Hall, home of Stanley Clark's Early Childhood Program. He will also be remembered as a gracious host whose door was always open, during his teaching days and beyond. He was a central figure in all of the school's athletic and alumni events. After relocating to Las Vegas, John continued as Stanley Clark's informal alumni liaison and hosted throngs of alumni, both individually and through alumni-related events. He essentially became the west coast face of Stanley Clark School, entertaining visitors who passed through Las Vegas. As expected, his Facebook page is filled with an outpouring of emotion from former students with whom he kept in contact. Wherever he went, John influenced people in a positive way. He easily made friends of adults, but devoted his entire adult life to kids. John is survived by his cousins, Dan Fannin, Doris Britton, Murphy Fannin, Harold Carpenter, J. Gail Cuthbertson, Bill, Carolyn and Dale Fannin, Judy Gonzales, Bobbi King, Barbara Luke, Fred De Ocio and Glenda Mann. Others mourning his loss include his adopted families in Las Vegas, Tulsa and South Bend; and the hundreds of friends, parents and Stanley Clark faculty, staff and alumni whose lives he inspired. Memorial services celebrating John's life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Stirling Club, 2827 Paradise Road. A memorial service will be held in South Bend at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is honoring John's request that donations be made in his memory to the Stanley Clark School, 2123 Miami St., South Bend, IN 46614. Please sign our online guestbook at davisfuneralservices.com
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Jun. 27, 2010.