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Old 10-23-2013, 06:41 AM
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I felt that the RC Pattern community should be made aware that John Contreras (RCU "Flyjohn") unexpectedly passed away this last Saturday.

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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/yum...4545&fhid=8281

He was a District 7 pilot and competed in many west coast contests. He was also the treasurer of the Yuma Aeromodelers Club. He was a good friend to many and will be most remembered for his laugh, as he took few things too seriously. He will be surely missed................

God speed John........
Old 10-23-2013, 07:01 AM
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That is very sad news! He competed at the Apache Junction pattern contest and was his usual self. He will definitely be missed by all in the District 7 pattern community.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:19 AM
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Heartfelt sympathy and prayers for John's family. I only met him once, but I loved that he still flew a 2 stroke glow airplane in Master's.

-Robert
Old 10-23-2013, 08:59 AM
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That is sad to hear. I remember that he always had a smile on his face and had a great attitude. You could tell he was having fun and enjoyed every minute of his time spent flying.

Deepest sympathies to his family.
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Sad news indeed. Was a very nice guy.
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I played at pattern for a while, and it must be serendipity that I decided to come lurking on this sad day. John was one of those I met flying pattern that I would truly call friend.

RIP big John.
Old 11-05-2013, 06:24 PM
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RIP.
I didn't know the man but I know what it's like to loose a friend at a young age. Lost a buddy last week unexpectedly who was also 53. Hard to make sense why a good person would be taken so soon. Sounds like John was a good man too.
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Such sad news - I always hoped we would see John at a contest again - I loved going to the Yuma contest and making the noontime trek across the runway to fly from the opposite side during the second half of the day. You will be missed John.
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Quick update: The Yuma Aeromodelers just recently voted to name the club field after John. A fitting tribute to a great friend and true aeromodeler. The new sign just off of Highway 95 will act as a reminder of John everytime you drive into the field.
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Kevin Duncan View Post
Quick update: The Yuma Aeromodelers just recently voted to name the club field after John. A fitting tribute to a great friend and true aeromodeler. The new sign just off of Highway 95 will act as a reminder of John everytime you drive into the field.
I first met John at a contest at Mile Square Park. He was there with a friend from Yuma name Dave Dehart. He and Dave were "Team Yuma" for a while. I remember them as just starting out,and were flying intermediate. John was flying a MK Blue Angel.

I mention this because that looks like Dave putting up the sign.

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