Without John Penezic helping to establish the Fremont County Crusader, it would have been a whole lot harder for us. John has always been the mainstay of this organization. But on Nov. 30, 2021, we at the Crusader had to say goodbye to our dearly departed friend, who passed away with family by his side.

Born in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 25, 1944, John attended schools then moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where he graduated from college with a degree in engineering and accounting. Along the way, he served in the Navy with the Seabees in Vietnam. After John was honorably discharged, he returned to the states. He married Barbara on Oct. 8, 1966. The couple had two biological children, an adopted child and 23 foster children. Included in the family, the couple raised Cassidy (Wyatt) Moses, John and Barbara's grandson Andrew, who has a daughter, Angela and a son, Johnny. John also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

During his life, John worked for Southern Bell as an IT Technician until he retired in 2000. The family then moved to Colorado Springs, where he worked for Time Warner for several years before moving to Fremont County, where they helped to establish the Fremont County Crusader in 2015. John started out designing the first few issues of the newspaper then took over sending invoices and subscriptions to customers.

When his health failed, he had to give it up, but he was always available if we had a question or a problem to solve. John Penezic will be sorely missed.