John A. Paca, a WWII U.S. Navy Veteran; a beloved member of the community, passed away at the age of 103 on August 14, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and dedication. He was born on July 12, 1920, in San Pedro, CA. John lived a remarkable life filled with memorable experiences and touched the hearts of those around him.
John began his career as a farm laborer, where he showcased his strong work ethic and commitment to providing for his family. His dedication to his profession was truly commendable and served as an inspiration to others.
In addition to his career, John valued education and graduated from Delano High School in the class of 1940. He recognized the importance of knowledge and strived to continuously learn throughout his life.
John's military service was another significant chapter in his life. He entered the service of the United States Navy on January 5, 1942, and served until November 12, 1945. During this time, he was assigned to duty in the South Pacific and served aboard various ships including USS Helena, USS Houston, and USS Missouri. John displayed immense bravery during the battle of Kula Gulf on July 6, 1943 when USS Helena sunk. For his valor, he was honored with four silver stars.
Outside of work and military service, John had many hobbies and interests that brought him joy. He enjoyed spending time in his yard, cultivating it into a beautiful oasis that reflected his green thumb. Additionally, he found delight in activities such as operating Hamm radio equipment and indulging in motorcycles and mini bikes.
Family held a special place in John's heart. On June 25, 1946, he married Mary C. Serros; sadly she passed away on December 22, 2011. Their daughter Cynthia A. Paca and grandson David John & wife Kathy Alcaras survive him.
Amongst his cherished companions was Wrench, John's favorite great-grand pup who brought him endless joy.
John A. Paca will forever be remembered for his unwavering dedication to his work, love for his family, and bravery during his military service. John's life was filled with courage, resilience, and love. He has left an indelible mark on the lives of those who had the privilege to know him and will be profoundly missed. May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his family and friends find comfort in their memories of a remarkable man.
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