John Barry Greer, Sr.
July 17, 1954 – October 4, 2020
John Barry Greer, Sr. passed away unexpectedly on Sunday October 4th, 2020 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, CA. He was born in Turlock, California to Charles and Gertrude Greer on July 17th, 1954. John had been a lifelong resident of Stanislaus County, growing up in Denair, spending his young adult years in Turlock, and returning to Denair in 1994. After a very short courtship, John married his lifelong bride, Patti Lawton on June 28th, 1975 and they had been married for 45 years.
John attended Denair schools from Kindergarten through high school, graduating in 1972. He began his 46-year career with A.L. Gilbert Company in 1974. John worked full-time to provide for his young family while attending Stanislaus State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Computer Science in 1982. Shortly after graduating, John began to create, implement, and direct the IT department for A.L. Gilbert Company which is where he continued to work tirelessly for his entire career.
John was raised with his family at Denair Friends Church, where he was a lifelong, active member, serving on many committees and leading countless projects. Some of his greatest joys were watching his three sons enjoy life, and spending quality time with his grandchildren and extended family. He was a soft-spoken man who had a profound impact on all he came in contact with. John’s overwhelming compassion, unending work ethic, and continual generosity were all testaments to his unwavering faith in Jesus and continuing desire to serve God until his final breath.
John is survived by his wife Patti of Denair, CA and his sons and daughters-in-law: John Greer Jr. of Modesto, CA; Michael and Hillary Greer of Bainbridge, OH; Christopher and Jennifer Greer of Capitola, CA. John and Patti were blessed with two grandchildren, Travis Greer of Capitola, CA, and Emerson Greer of Bainbridge, OH. John is also survived by his brother Charles II and Jane Greer of Denair, CA, sister Ann and Bob Church of Columbia, MO, sister Jane and George Jacobson of Denair, CA, sister Sally Green of Yreka, CA, and sister Doris and Tim Stiles of Denair, CA. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gertrude, and his brother Jimmy Greer.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in John’s name to Denair Friends Church or the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, CA.
An outdoor Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday October 10th, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at 5227 S. Waring Rd. Denair, CA 95316. The family asks that all who attend comply with the current COVID-19 safety recommendations (physical distancing & face covering). There will also be a live streaming option for those who cannot be there in person, which can be found by following DenairFC on Facebook.