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Obituary for Johnny Marvin Fatheree
Johnny Marvin Fatheree passed away on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 6, 2016 at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base. John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jada ("Tommye"); his only daughter Jennifer Johnson; two grandchildren Jessica Johnson and Richard Johnson; and his sister Reba of Nashville, TN. He is preceded in death by his mother Velma, his father Benjamin, and his brother Ben.
Johnny was born April 15th, 1935 in Chickasha, OK. In May 1954, John joined the United States Air Force. On Aug. 23rd, 1954 John and Tommye were married. It was on their wedding anniversary in 1961 that their adoption of Jennifer Lynn was official and they became proud parents. In 1970, California was John's last orders to Travis Air Force Base. During his military career, John flew top secret cargo all over the world. In 1974, John purchased their first home in Fairfield and in 1978 they moved to Vacaville, where he retired after 24 years in the Air Force. In 1980, he decided to become a truck driver for Lucky Supermarkets, retiring again after 21 years.
After retiring, John volunteered at the McBride Senior Center. He drove a van for "Ride with Pride" and "Meals on Wheels" programs, and was most proud to be a volunteer for the Vacaville Police Department and an Elder at the Church of Christ-Solano. John had a beautiful voice, enjoyed many hours on the golf course, loved to vacation (sightseeing & taking cruises), watching western movies and LOVED the Dallas Cowboys. John also enjoyed fishing with his brother Ben. He had many friends that loved him. He was not shy to show his love to everyone, and had a big hug for anyone he met.