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John Isaac Yohannan

Aug. 24, 1926 — March 14, 2010

POSTED March 19, 2010 11:28 p.m.
John Yohannan, 83, died March 14 in La Grande, Ore.
John was born Aug. 24, 1926, to Samuel and Nancy Yohannan in Chicago, Ill. John grew up in Chicago and later moved to California, where he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He met his future wife, Nellie, at a picnic and they were married June 25, 1960 in San Francisco. John lived for many years in the Bay Area of California and then in Modesto. More recently, John moved to La Grande, Ore. to be closer to his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
John began work early in life, selling peanuts at Wrigley Field in Chicago. After college, John spent his career as an accountant and auditor for the California State Board of Equalization, mostly in San Francisco and Modesto.
John was an aficionado of jazz and big band music. He enjoyed rooting for his favorite sports teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and the University of California Golden Bears. John also took great pleasure in sharing a glass of wine in the warm company of friends and family, who appreciated his good humor and fun-loving spirit.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Yohannan of Modesto; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Denise Yohannan, of La Grande, Ore.; sister, Dorothy Clark of Turlock; sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Brad Sleeper of Turlock; sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Kenneth Harold of Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, a brother, two sisters and his parents.
Viewing will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 22 at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway in Turlock.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 2619 N. Berkeley Ave. in Turlock, with internment following at Turlock Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to a favorite charity. Please share your condolences at www.allenmortaury.com. Allen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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