Melville Johns Sr. |

Melville Johns Sr.

Melville Oakley Johns, Sr. died Saturday, Jan. 8, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 88.

Mr. Johns was born June 30, 1916, in Nevada City, to Rosetta and Oakley Johns. He graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1934. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Sacramento State and went on to complete his master’s degree at Leland Stanford Jr. University. During his 30-year career, Mr. Johns was an educator, principal, and school administrator in Grass Valley, St Helena, and Newark. He retired to Grass Valley in 1977.

He enjoyed his family, singing in the Grass Valley Cornish Choir, and Stanford University sports.

He is survived by his sons: Dr. Kenneth Johns, Phd. of Tucson, Ariz., Melville Johns, Jr. of Grass Valley, Alfred Johns of Forrest Knolls, and Dennis Johns of St. Helena; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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