John James Hoskin died July 17 surrounded by family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 24, at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

John was born April 20, 1927, in Santa Cruz. His mother, Mae, passed away when his little sister, Lavinia, was born. John was 7. John was his mother’s child. His sister Lavinia was adopted as a newborn. He and his brothers were raised by their much-loved grandmother, Agnes. They returned to Nevada City, where John grew up with three younger brothers.

John served in the U.S. Navy and was Honorably Discharged in 1946. He returned to Nevada City and began working for the State of California as a surveyor. He went to college and met Vera, the mother of his children Shelley and Sandra.

In 1953, his beloved grandmother, Agnes, passed away.

John joined the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and worked his way up to become an estimator.

He worked mainly in Sacramento, but also traveled and spent time in foreign lands. His father, Charles, passed away in 1970.

John married Betty Griggs Parsons in 1976 and they were happily married for 27 years. Betty died in 2003.

He was a very easy-going person and hopefully he and Betty are again having a great time together.

John is survived by his brothers Don (Alice), Bill, and Norman (Barbara); daughters Shelley Hoskin and Sandra (Berto) Vanguardia; grandchildren Jennifer, Annie, and John (Christy); 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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