John Lewis Kean was born on May 7, 1935 in Los Angeles CA to Elizabeth Katherine (Gaffey) from Montana and David Robertson Kean from Oklahoma, passed away on October 27, 2010. John graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles, California in 1953, Los Angeles City College with an Associate in Arts degree in 1963 and California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
John served our country in the US Army in the role of a military policeman 1956 honorably discharged in 1958, he also served in the US Army Reserves, through 1962. John worked as an engineer at the Pacific Telephone Company for 30 years. He later worked as a telephone communications contractor.
John is survived by his Wife, Charlotte Kean of Torrance, CA.; Sons; Christopher (Janet) Kean of Colorado Springs CO, Gregory (Diana) Kean of Lomita CA, and Daughters; Judene Marie Kean of Torrance CA. and Jeanette (Glenn) Tomikawa of Gardena, CA. His Grandchildren; Amanda Marie (Clayton) Leon, David Adam and Matthew Alan Kean of Colorado and John Kiyoshi and Charlotte Sumiko Tomikawa of Gardena CA. His brothers; Dennis Kean and Douglas (Donna) Kean, as well as many treasured extended family and friends.
John had an enthusiasm for life. He was a true outdoorsman! Some of his children's best memories of him were the many camping trips that they went on. John loved to camp, fish, hike, backpack, and travel and truly enjoyed being one with nature. Over the years, he also took pleasure in photography, horticulture and discovering as much as he could about the KEAN genealogy. John loved being with family and friends. He was very charismatic with an Irish sense of humor that brought many smiles and laughter to those that shared time with him. John was a very engaging and intelligent man and a great conversationalist.
John was a USC fan, much to the chagrin of his many UCLA fan friends. He was also a Raider fan. He loved watching football, the little league world series and the woman's college softball championships. He coached Little League baseball and also served on the Little League Board of Directors.
John Lewis, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Cousin and friend will remain in our hearts with much love until we meet again…
The Service will be held at St. Catherine Laboure Church on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 1:00 PM. A Reception will be held at Rice Mortuary in the Lighthouse Reception Room from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.