Colonel Jan C. Mennig was the beloved husband of 41 years of surviving wife Mary, the patriarch of a large family.: his dear daughter Lucy Marie Black (deceased); three grand children; five great- grandchildren; brother; and nephew.
He was born in Pasadena, Calif. Oct. 9, 1927 and passed away in St. Louis, Mo. on May 16, 2020 at the age of 92.
After his 1987 retirement from his position as Chief of Police of Culver City, Calif., he dedicated his retirement life to the improvement of Mariposa, a community he loved. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves that same year after having received many decorations, citations and awards, including the prestigious Legion of Merit.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he continued his studies at the U.S. Army Command General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Air War College, graduating from the Army Logistics Management Course as a certified logistician. He was also the recipient of a Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree for his service to the university and to the field of public administration.
As his retirement life unfolded in Mariposa, he was especially proud to serve a term as president of the California Wine Grape Growers Association, and of his membership on numerous committees that worked to improve lives in the Mariposa community and the surrounding region.
He was a gifted leader of men and a proud 50 year member of Mariposa Masonic Lodge No. 24. His wish was to be laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery in Mariposa at an appropriate date in the future.