A celebration life for John &#8220Johnney” Ernest Gann, 63, Idaho will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 29, at the Edna Ranch Fitness Center/Clubhouse, Edna Ranch Circle, 7400 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo, Calif. A full lunch will follow the celebration. He passed away suddenly, July 8, 2006, in Garden Valley, Idaho. &#8220Johnney,” as most people knew him, was born Oct. 28, 1942 in Exeter. He enjoyed growing up in a small town at the base of the Sequoia National Forest; this was instrumental in cultivating his appreciation of nature and love of the outdoors.

John graduated from Exeter Union High School, where he excelled in football and played the sousaphone. He later attended junior college in San Jose, before deciding to work for his uncle Ralph Gann and learn the plumbing business. Over the years, he also worked locally for his father Ernie and brother Wayne. John opened up his own Plumbing, Fire Sprinklers and General Construction business in Grover Beach, Calif. and San Luis Obispo. He worked in the industry for almost 40 years, and several homes in the area were built by him.

John enjoyed good music and played a mean piano; he was an avid reader; was quite the movie buff and he enjoyed trivia. In 1975, he played an integral role in organizing the SLO Rugby Club, turning it into a county-wide athletic club; he even toured Wales, England, in 1977. He loved to cook and was famous for his own special &#8220dry rub” recipe for barbecuing. He loved riding his Harley Davidson, and enjoyed many trips with his wife, Lura, and friends. He is moat remembered by those who loved him for his &#8220unusual wit and sense of humor.”

John was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Mann Gann and father Ernest Martin Gann. He is survived by his wife Lura and daughter Marley, 15, both of San Luis Obispo; Mike and his wife Cassie of Puerto Vallarta; sister Joan and her husband Darrell Martin of Sun City, Ariz.; brother Wayne of Albuquerque, N.M.; brother Walt and his wife Susan of Boise, Idaho; five nieces and two nephews. While we will all miss John, we know his body and mind is now at rest and peaceful. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that any donations be made in John Gann's memory to: The American heart Association, 1710 Gilbreath Road, Burlingame, CA 94010. An account has also been set up for the educational purposes of his daughter Marley Gann: John Gann Memorial Fund, First Bank of San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.

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