John Paul Dallas, born June 6, 1918, in Dunsmuir, Calif. to Eli Dallas and Auta Pearl (McWhinney) Dallas, passed away peacefully at his home in Medford, Ore. Tuesday, January 2, 2013, at the age of 94.
He spent his youth in Redding, Calif., graduating Shasta High School in 1936. He attended Chico State College when there were 600 students. He knew many of them through his musical talents - clarinet, and track - he held the 440-dash record for 19 years. He transferred to UC Berkeley, and while a member of the UCB Marching Band, paraded across the San Ffrancisco Bay Bridge when it was opened for the San Francisco World's Fair in 1939.
He served with the Signal Corp, part of the Air Force, in World War II and was stationed in the Philippines, New Guinea, and Japan. He returned from the war to Brentwood with his wife, Virginia (Prewett) Dallas, who was part of the longtime farming family headed by EAH Prewett and Ed Prewett. They raised three children and he worked for Ranch Supply Services/Oxychem for 33 years.
He was active in the Lions Club, PTA, and the School Board. He was selected Parent of the Year in 1973 for his many years of service to the Brentwood schools. He married Barbara (Beeler) Goselin, in 1981 and moved to Walnut Creek, Calif. They then moved to the Applegate Valley, Ore. in 1989. He continued his skills of being able to fix anything, fishing, and sipping lattes at Pony Espresso and Starbucks. He loved his Beaver Creek Road home and neighbors. He was a member of the McKee Bridge Historical Society, Southern Oregon Historical Society, Friends of the Ruch Library, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Cal Alumni Band. He loved all animals and was seldom seen without a cat or dog at his feet. He and Barbara moved to Medford in 2009. He loved playing practical jokes, and his storytelling talents will be missed by his children, Joy King (Dan), of Chandler, Ariz., Brian Dallas (Karen), of Bakersfield, Calif., and Gail Garnas (Richard), of Tacoma, Wash.; his stepchildren, Geoffrey Goselin (Melinda), of Martinez, Calif., Bradford Goselin, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Bethany Goselin McCoy, of Martinez, Calif., and Garth Goselin, of Lincoln, Calif.; plus his loving grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife, Barbara; sister-in-law, Joan Beeler Long, of Jacksonville, Ore.; nephew, Dallas Balma; and Prewett and Long nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Frances Dallas; twin sister, Pauline (Dallas) Balma; and former wife, Virginia (Prewett) Dallas.
No services are planned. Memorials may be made to C.A.T.S., 104 N. Ross Lane, Medford, OR 97504 or The Kerulos Center (a worldwide wildlife sanctuary organization), P.O. Box 1446, Jacksonville, OR 97530.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye. He departs this life the way he lived it, with grace, dignity, and humor. Please visit his namesake bench on California Street in front of the Jacksonville Mercantile.