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Jan Arthur Christian

Born in Lamar, Colo., May 16, 1936, Jan went home to our Lord on Nov. 2, 2011. 

Jan is survived by his children David Jan, Laura and Karrie, his 10 grand-children, two great grandchildren, and his sister Ruth.

Jan is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Flora, his brothers Teddy, Stanley, Chris, and sister Naomi.

Jan was raised in South Gate, Calif., and graduated from South Gate High School. He served in the Army and was stationed in Hawaii. He worked in the motor pool as a mechanic. After his discharge, he continued his career as an auto mechanic. He worked for many years specializing in import cars such as Jaguar and MG. He moved to Redding, Calif., where he raised his family and had his own auto repair shop. He eventually moved to Big Bear, Calif., to care for his mother. He worked at Wray’s Automotive for many years until his retirement. While working at Wray’s, Jan met Johnny Russo. Jan and Johnny became close friends and they shared a great passion for auto racing. Together they built the stock car that Johnny still races today fondly known as “Christine.” Jan served as Johnny’s crew chief for almost 20 years. They were very successful and won many track championships. 

Services will be held at Forest Lawn in Cypress, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2011, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers his family requests donations be made in Jan Arthur’s name to Braswell’s Ivy Retreat, 2278 Nice Ave., Mentone, CA 92359.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:00 am | Updated: 4:35 pm, Tue Nov 8, 2011.


Submitted by: Peggy Hooper