John Karas (6)

John Karas, 82, went to sleep in the Lord on June 11, 2016, in Los Osos, Calif., with his beloved wife, Robin, and a close family friend, at his side. John was born in Duluth, Minn., in August 1933 and was the third child of Greek immigrant parents who proudly gave their children the opportunities of life in the USA while keeping their Greek language and culture alive. John was a 1956 U.S. Naval Academy graduate and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation. Upon completion of pilot and combat crew training, he posted to the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Suffolk County AFB in an Air Defense Squadron, flying the F-102 all weather interceptor. After 20 months in the squadron he was appointed to the first Olmsted Scholar Class for studies at the University of Goettingen, Germany where he earned a Master of Political Science degree. Upon completion of his studies, John joined the 496th FIS at Hahn Air Base, Germany, flying the F-102 at the height of the Cold War, marked by the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crises. His next assignment was as Assistant Professor of Political Science on the faculty of the Air Force Academy Entering the private sector, he enjoyed a 37 year career in high tech sales and management with regional, national and international responsibilities. Prior to and upon retirement, John was active in community service; animal assisted therapy, docent at the Palm Springs Air Museum, homeowner Board of Directors, Young Adult Sunday School and Parish Council. John was an avid golfer who enjoyed the game of golf and got his first hole-in-one in 2005. John is survived by his wife of 32 years, Robin; two sons, two grandsons, two step-sons, a sister, and a niece. John was a man of deep faith, unwavering devotion, loyalty, civility and kindness. He lived his values with dignity, humor, grace and generosity. He liked to say "I'm the luckiest guy I know!" A Graveside service was held June 20, 2016, with burial at Morro Bay/Cayucos Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Central Coast Hospice. Sign his guestbook at