John Lee Dyer Nampa, ID John Lee Dyer loved people and made friends wherever he went. That was never more evident than when news of his untimely passing at 59 drew shocked responses from dozens of friends around Somis and Camarillo, earlier this month. John passed away unexpectedly Sept. 16 at home in Idaho, with his family by his side. He was born Aug. 3, 1957, in Somis, and lived in Somis and Camarillo for most of his life. John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many. He attended Somis Elementary School and was the president of his eighth grade class. He graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School, after which he began his career as a carpenter. He subsequently spent many years as a yard superintendent at a local lumber yard. John was generous and always willing to help anyone in need. He loved to make people smile, and could make a bad day seem like the best day ever because of his huge heart. He loved his North Street, Somis, "family" and considered them all extensions of his immediate family. If you were his neighbor, he made you feel like family. If you visited, you never left hungry, because he loved to cook. Your dog was welcome, too. John's dogs Reggie and Roscoe were his constant companions. He was athletic and competitive and participated in many sports, especially golf, which he rarely missed a chance to play. His competitive nature also came out when he played card games, especially when he played Rook, the Dyer family's favorite. He bragged, mostly truthfully, that he and sister Deena had never lost a game when playing as partners. He was happiest when playing with his children, who inherited his competitive nature, and with his grandson. John is survived by Rachel, his wife of 29 years, daughter Korine (Carlos), son Justin, and the love of his life, his grandson Nathaniel. He is also survived by his brother Jerry Dyer and sister Deena Dyer Wismann, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Chick Dyer, and his sister Janice. A celebration of his life will be held at El Tecolote restaurant in Camarillo on Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society.
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