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ohn E. Squire, 68, of Newbury Park, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday eve- ning, January 21, 2012, with his family by


his side. He had courageously battled pancreatic cancer for four months. John was born on October 29, 1943


in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and moved to Los Angeles with his mother and brother as a young boy. He attended Franklin High School in Los Angeles where he met the love of his life, Patricia. After graduating from Franklin at seventeen, he joined the United States Marine Corps and proudly served our great country. He was always proud to have been a “former” Marine, no ex-Marines you know, and fl ew the American fl ag high in his front yard rose garden. After his service in the Marine Corps,


he worked various jobs until he joined the Los An- geles City Fire Department in July 1965. To put it simply, he loved being a fi reman. He loved the job and the outstanding men and women he worked with. He worked a variety of assignments and ranks until he fi nally retired as a Battalion Chief in January 2002. After his retirement, he continued his


passion for the fi re service by working as an Associate Professor of Fire Science at Oxnard College. He loved working with the outstanding instructors at the college and had a true desire to teach the tools of the trade to the next generation of fi refi ghters. John was a wonderful and selfl ess


husband, devoted father, and a kind and caring grandfather. His family was the most important


part of his life right down to his pal, Buddy, the Labrador retriever. He loved to fi sh, especially on the ocean. He spent countless days on the water and was happiest on local trips out of Ventura or Oxnard. He also counted the days to his annual trip to the Sea of Cortez with his sons, best friend and brother-in-law, Mike Taylor, and other fi re- man buddies. He also had a true love of the des- ert, especially the Colorado River and his many Laughlin runs. He is preceded in death by his father,


Arthur and mother, Sylvia. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; brother, David; sons, Mat- thew and Andrew; daughter, Rebecca; daughter- in-law, Lynn, and grandsons, Garrett and Robert.


-Matt Squire


34 • April 2012


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