2017-10-05 / Obituaries

John Degen

John Monroe Degen passed away June 27 at the Oakhurst Healthcare and Wellness Center.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judith Degen of Mariposa; daughter, Sandra Dewhurst and son-in-law Robert of Colorado; three grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; sister, Mary Rogers Jones of California; as well as several other relatives.

John was born April 22, 1928, at the local hospital in Yosemite National Park. He attended Yosemite Elementary School and Mariposa County High School.

Some of his early work experience included working at the stables in Yosemite Valley during the summer and on the ski patrol at Badger Pass in the winter.

He joined the Army in 1946 and served three years as sergeant in the Ordnance Division while stationed in Nuremberg, Germany. After his honorable discharge in 1949, he attended Humboldt State to study fisheries. He worked for a short time for the Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, in Alaska where he patrolled waters off Fog Island to prevent illegal fishing.

When he returned to Yosemite in the 1950s, he worked off and on for the National Park Service before he became a permanent employee. He retired at age 55 and moved from Yosemite to Ponderosa Basin in Mariposa County. After being retired for a while, he found he wanted more to do than tending his vegetable garden and apple trees, so when a position opened up at the Ponderosa Basin Mutual Water Company, he applied and went to work again before retiring some 14 years later.

He enjoyed traveling to Europe and a cruise through the Panama Canal. He was a life member of the VFW Post 6042 in Mariposa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry Degen of Germany and Ida Laurie Smith of Mississippi and a sister, Barbara Barrett.

There will be no public services.

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Dear Judy and Sandy and all

Dear Judy and Sandy and all the kids, I sure liked John so much, I loved him yodeling down the ski slopes and actually got him to yodel for me 2 years ago at a celebration of life for my mom. It was always delightful to see you both. I send you so much love!

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