John P. Didier, of Sacramento, Calif., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan., 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 76.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan 29, at St. Robert Church in Sacramento, followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery. A reception will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Aviator’s restaurant, Sacramento Executive Airport.
John was born on May 19, 1936, in Hibbing, Minn., and later moved with his family to Stockton, Calif., in 1942. There he graduated from St. Mary’s High School and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He started the U.S. Sewing Machine Co. with his father which he ran for over 57 years. John also founded Sacramento Aviation Management Co. and remained president until his passing.
He was an avid aviation enthusiast who also loved hunting and fishing. He was involved in numerous organizations including the Civil Air Patrol and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Air Squadron.
In 2012, the Air Squadron honored John with their Jack Birch Memorial Award for lifelong commitment to aviation excellence and uncommon camaraderie with his fellow man.
John was the loving brother of Corrine Hieb, Cecelia Casper and David, Urban and Daniel Didier. He is survived by his children, Lisa and Christopher Didier, Matthew Mahan; and grandsons Alexander, Samuel and Zachary Didier.
He leaves behind a loving family and countless adoring friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.