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John Lane "Honest John" Bryan, Sr
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Birth: May 29, 1909
San Diego County
California, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 2004
San Diego County
California, USA

Born in Bonsall, San Diego County, California. His father died in a brush fire on the ranch in Bonsall when he was 8 years old. Moved to Chico, California for a while with his mother, after the death of his father. Lived in Grand Junction, Colorado for some time, then back to Carlsbad where he had an automotive repair shop, specializing in Packard cars. I met him in 1996, in Carlsbad, and what a kind man. He has given me much information on the family.
David Darling called to tell us that Uncle Lane had passed away this morning (5 Sep 2004) at 5:30 AM. He had a stroke about 5 weeks ago, and another one last evening. 95 years, 3 months and 7 days of age.

His obituary from the North County Times paper, 8 Sept 2004, states the following:" A native of California, (actually born about a mile from where the services were held for his funeral, in Bonsall) and longtime resident of Carlsbad passed into his eternal reward early Sunday morning, Sept 5, 2004, due to a recent stroke. He will be laid to rest by his wife, Ethel in Eternal Hills Cemetery.

He was born to the parents of Lena and John Campbell Bryan on May 29, 1909, at the old home surrounded by a 400 acre farmland and orchard.

He is survived by one son, John L. Bryan Jr., of Modesto; one adopted daughter, Lorna Bryan of Carlsbad,; two grandsons, Howard Bryan of Oceanside and Harry Bryan of Benton, CA; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren.

He was a retired auto mechanic and Packard specialist. Returning from Colorado in the fall of '53 with his wife Ethel, he settled in Carlsbad, where Mr Bryan established shops in Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Oceanside. Customers from all over the stae and also from Colorado came just to have him service their vehicles. He is known and referred to as "Honest John" by many in these parts.

John is a veteran of World War II and attained the rank of corporal of the U S Army and served duty in North Africa and Itlay.

He is a survisor of the 1916 flood which encompassed all of San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles counties. Every bridge in these counties was washed out and destroyed, The San Luis Rey River flooded, washing away houses, farm animals, water supply tanks, windmills, and anything in its path including some people. From the window of his home, little six year old Johnny ( family always called him Lane) watched in awe the raging river carry bridges and debris away.

The two recent rains in early January were then accompanied by another solid 48 hour non-stop deluge the first of Febraury. The ground level was raised four feet and mail was delivered by boat. Everything washed over into the ocean including box cars.

Upon dedication of the old Bonsall bridge, he along with other members of the high school band marched across the bridge. He played the trombone. Then it began to rain.

John Bryan was present at the new Bonsall bridge ceremony a few years ago. He rolled over the bridge sporting a beautiful 1928 Packard convertible. A memorial service will be held in the Bonsall Community Church today, Sept 8, at 3 PM." 
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  Ethel Maud Weatherford Bryan (1911 - 2001)
Eternal Hills Memorial Park
San Diego County
California, USA
Created by: dthem_2000
Record added: Mar 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86346342
John Lane Honest John Bryan, Sr
Added by: Glenn Joiner
John Lane Honest John Bryan, Sr
Added by: Glenn Joiner
John Lane Honest John Bryan, Sr
Added by: Glenn Joiner
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- Glenn Joiner
 Added: Mar. 11, 2012
Rest in peace Great Great Uncle John.
- dthem_2000
 Added: Mar. 6, 2012

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