July 26, 1949 - January 19, 2022
John was born on July 26, 1949, in Orange, California to Basil and Juanita Brice. In 1967, at only 17 years old, John joined the United States Marine Corp and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. John would go on to serve two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he served as a Drill Sergeant at Camp Pendleton until he left the military in 1972, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. John worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a corrections officer while working towards his Associates Degree in Engineering from Los Angeles Harbor College. Afterwards, he worked for various companies in the oil refinery industry before settling in at Unocal (now Phillips 66) until he retired in 2004. John met Toni Godinet in 1969 while home between his tours in Vietnam. He married her on February 9, 1970 after returning home. They settled in Wilmington, California, where they had three children. John loved his family deeply. John liked to spend his time attending his grandkids’ sporting events, plays, and graduations. He also had a passion for bass fishing, hunting, and watching football, especially USC football. John loved attending church in person or online at Lifted Fellowship where he was an usher and on the hospitality ministry. As a proud husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, Christian, and Marine, John will be profoundly missed by his family and friends. John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Toni Brice; Children: Tanya Rentfrow (Todd), Aaron Brice (Angelica) and Shawn Brice (Anna); Grandchildren: Justine Jefferson, Amber Brice, Mariah Johnson, Aaron John Brice, Vincent Costa, Kaelin Brice, Hailey Brice and Jacob John Brice; Great Grandchildren: Cameron Johnson, Dani Jefferson, and Hayden Jefferson; Sisters: Judy Goodier-Van Voorst, Mary Kathleen Savage, Elizabeth Poff, along with many nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his parents and sister Carol Rebando.
John was born on July 26, 1949, in Orange, California to Basil and Juanita Brice. In 1967, at only 17 years old, John joined the United States Marine Corp and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. John would go on to serve... View Obituary & Service Information
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