John Kendrick |

John Kendrick

Memorial services for John “Jack” Kendrick were conducted Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Church of Christ in Oroville.

Mr. Kendrick died Wednesday, Oct. 18. He was 90.

He was born John Franklin Trusty Jr. on Dec. 16, 1915, to John and Olive (Trowbridge) Trusty. His mother died in the flu epidemic of 1918, leaving her husband with four children. Because of his work, he was unable to raise them by himself so all the children were made available for adoption. Julian Carroll and Ida Louise Kendrick were neighbors who asked permission to raise Jack. Although never formally adopted, Jack thought it only fitting to take their name.

He graduated from high school in San Luis Obispo in 1933. He attended college in San Luis Obispo to be a steel machinist but his career took a turn when he became part of the first graduating class of San Jose Bible College (now William Jessup University in Rocklin) in 1939.

He married Mary Enjaian in 1940. Together, they ministered in Halsey, Ore., Meridian, Idaho, and several towns in Texas. They returned to California in 1957, and he served churches in Madera, Healdsburg, and Sebastopol. He was the administrator of the Atascadero Christian Home, a retirement home for eight years and was active in planning the expansion of the home to include a community convalescent hospital. He was pastor of the Grass Valley Christian Church from 1977 to 1991. During that time, he became a valued booster of Christian Encounter Ministries.

He retired at the age of 76 and moved to Chico. He was active in amateur radio clubs wherever he lived. He was a Boy Scout leader, and after retirement he volunteered for the Chico Senior Gleaners and other services to seniors.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters Dorothy, Beverly, Lee, Ruth and their families.

Memorial contributions may be made to the William Jessup University, 333 Sunset Boulevard, Rocklin 95765, or Christian Encounter Ranch, P.O. Box 1022, Grass Valley 95949.

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