Following his service as a Survival Instructor in the United States Air Force, John Robert Francois continued his career of service by joining the California Department of Forestry (CAL FIRE) in 1959 as a firefighter. John rose quickly through the ranks; by 1962, he was a fire captain at the Flynn Springs Station where he lived and served for 28 years. “Big John”, as he was affectionately referred to, brought to the fire service a calm courage, professional demeanor and was a well-respected presence in his community. In April of 2013, John succumbed to the effects of job-related cancer. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Frances, his children, Tiffany and John, his daughter in law, Ann, and his granddaughters, Lauren, Aubrey and Gabrielle.
John Robert Francois
- CAL FIRE
- April 1, 2013
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