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John Ellsworth Jr.

According to his wishes, no services will be held for John Willard (Bill) Ellsworth Jr. Mr. Ellsworth passed away May 24. He was 83.

Mr. Ellsworth was born Oct. 16, 1923, to John Willard Ellsworth and Linny Leah Carbon Ellsworth, in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated from Fresno High School.

During World War II, Mr. Ellsworth was a pilot of B-17s, in the 15th Air Force. He and his crew completed 25 missions over Germany, flying mostly out of Fogia, Italy. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel, stationed with the MATS unit at Travis Air Force Base.



Mr. Ellsworth graduated from San Jose State College. After graduation, he worked for Pan Am and was stationed for four years in Tokyo. He was then recruited by Gen. Claire Chennault to be sales manager for Chennault’s new airline, Civil Air Transport, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan and composed mostly of former Flying Tigers.

In 1952, Mr. Ellsworth married Nancy Montoya, of Burlingame, in Tokyo. The couple made their homes in Taipei, Manila, Hong Kong and Tokyo until their return to the states, after the birth of their first son.




Mr. Ellsworth subsequently worked for American Airlines as sales manager and later for SABENA Belgian Airlines in San Francisco as district sales manager, until retirement. He simultaneously held the diplomatic position of Trade and Transportation for the Belgian Embassy.

Mr. Ellsworth and his second wife, Frances Caddy of Novato, moved to Nevada County in 1984. They divorced shortly thereafter. He remained in Grass Valley until his death.

Mr. Ellsworth is survived by his sons John S. Ellsworth, formerly of Grass Valley, Davis D. Ellsworth of Auburn, and Christopher T. Ellsworth of Wailua, Hawaii, formerly of Nevada City; daughter-in-law, Michelle Shockley; grandsons Jason Ellsworth of Arlington, Texas, Ben Ellsworth of Nevada City, and Kyle Ellsworth of Terra Bella; step-grandson, Sgt. Justin Massey Majors of Fort Campbell, Ky., formerly of Grass Valley; and brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Dick) Ellsworth and Margie of San Jose.

Memorial donations can be made to the Empire Mine Association.


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