John was born on Nov. 24, 1946 in Worland, a son of John A. “Tony” and Carmen Ramos Fabela. He was raised in Worland, where he attended schools. John joined the Wyoming National Guard and then became a member of the U. S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Following his discharge in 1968, he returned to Worland.
John married Clarice Peterson in Worland on March 3, 1964. They later divorced. He then was in a relationship with Carrie Turner for six years.
John worked for Pepsi Bottling in Worland and at the Amoco Refinery in Casper for several years before going to work for Marathon Pipeline Co. at Powell in 1973, retiring due to health problems in 1988. He returned to Worland and lived there until 2001 when he moved to Cheyenne. In 2007 he returned to Worland to live at Worland Healthcare.
He was a fan of the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies team; he liked to fish and go camping; and he collected caps. He loved to be with his family, especially his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Rose Gonzales.
John is survived by his sons John A. (Sheila) Fabela III of Powell, Dustin Fabela and Justin (Cynthia) Fabela of Worland; daughters Jayne (Brad) Kenyon of Omaha, Neb., and Jessica Fabela of Worland; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother Sal (Jenny) Fabela; sisters Toni Munoz, Mary Dickson and Belen Lucero, all of Worland; and stepsisters Mary Mercado of Worland and Polly Leyva of Salt Lake City, Utah.
A family viewing was held on Monday. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Veile Mortuary Chapel in Worland with Pastor David Villa officiating.
Burial of the ashes will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland with American Legion Post #44 providing graveside military honors.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association at 2480 W. 26th Avenue – Suite 1208 – Denver, CO, 80211.