President of San Bernardino National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and longtime community leader John McKinley Futch Jr. died on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at the age of 69. A well-attended memorial was held to celebrate his life on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) Santos Manuel Student Union.
Futch was born on June 15, 1950, in Merced to an Air Force family.
According to a press release from Assemblyman James Ramos, who adjourned the Assembly floor session in Futch's memory on Friday, Aug. 31, Futch first bagman a life of serve when he moved to Washington D.C. at the age of 17 to work as a fringier print examiner for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
He later joined the Metro Police Department in Washington, D.C.
After an injury forced Futch to retire from law enforcement at 23, he moved back to California and earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in social science at (CSUSB).
Futch was instrumental in providing a platform for Native America educators, artists and performers and he played an vital role in bringing San Manual's California Native American Day Children's Program to the university, the release states.
John is survived by his brothers Terry and Stan Futch, sister Lois and his son Marcus Futch Sr.