Frank John Fabrin passed away March 2, 2014. John was born December 9, 1926 in Pasadena, Calif. to Clarence and Edith Fabrin. John grew up in Pasadena, Oakland, and Berkeley, CA. John attended Pasadena Academy (now Point Loma Nazarene University). He received his Bachelor's Degree in Bio-Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and his Master's of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. John played saxophone in the Cal Berkeley Marching Band, along with football and baseball. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 and was stationed at Mare Island, San Diego and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While at Pearl Harbor he was also a lifeguard and enjoyed surfing with his longboard. John married Joyce Meggers December 29, 1960 in Santa Cruz, CA.
John, along with his brother, George, built the first A-Frame Cabin at Lake Tahoe in the 1950s. The Fabrin brothers were also instrumental, along with their parents, in developing an 85 acre horse and cattle ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains where they raised Polled Hereford Beef Cattle and Quarter Horses for over 50 years.
John pastored Nazarene Churches in Sundre and Calgary, Alberta, Canada as Music Pastor and organized a weekly radio program. He sang bass as part of a men's quartet on the radio program, "Showers of Blessing", along with playing the piano for over 70 years. He also pastored Nazarene Churches in China Town in San Francisco, Fremont (he developed and built the Nazarene Church in Fremont), and Selma, CA. He directed Children and Youth Camps for over 40 years and helped develop camps in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Santa Cruz, and in Central California.
John retired from the pastorate in 1989 and along with his wife, Joyce, moved to Central Point, OR. in 1993. He was a member of the Medford First Church of the Nazarene and was active with the Gospelaires Senior Adult Choir. John was also a part-time Chaplain at Rogue Valley Medical Center for five years. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in California. John was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, camping, U.S. History, playing piano, saxophone, ukulele, and the banjo, Kona coffee, and Aloha and Pendleton shirts. Most of all, he loved ministering and serving the Lord. John was a man of integrity who put the Lord first in all he did and wouldn't think twice about helping someone out.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and daughter, Jonalyn, both of Central Point, OR.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Medford First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. Pastor Kevin Gowland will officiate. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to Medford First Church of the Nazarene, Youth Camp Scholarship Fund.
"And we know that for those who love God,
all things work together for good,
for those who are called according to His purpose."
~ Romans 8:28