John Aleck Mino, a native San Franciscan, passed away peacefully alongside his loving wife and companion, Gretchen Mino, on May 4, 2018 at his beloved Red Cloud, Nebraska home. John had reached the great age of 90.
John is preceded in death by his wife Mary Therese (Tess) Mino née Duhamel (1989), father Aleck G Mino, mother Mary Agnes Mino née Sorensen and his brother Harry Obitz. He will be treasured and remembered lovingly by his children John Jr. (Terri), Mark (Kathleen), and Lizbeth, his grandchildren Mark Jr. (Luisa) and Teddy Mino, Caitlin (Jason) Hotton and Meghan (Michael) Murray, and great grandchildren Caitlin Mino, Jameson Hotton, Charlie Parker Murray and Olivia Murray.
John was fiercely proud of his children, John Jr. and Mark, who followed in his footsteps as retired SFPD and Lizbeth who attained a Ph.D. His father, John Aleck Mino, was a strong influence on his life. John attended San Rafael High School and College of Marin. Shortly thereafter, a lifelong career in law enforcement began his 35 years of proud service in the San Francisco Police Department, most of them in the Inspector’s Bureau. A short interruption in the Korean Conflict allowed John to serve in the United States Navy where he met his first wife Tess. His career included work in association with the U.S Secret Service and FBI. Upon “retirement” he began a 25 year stint in security for a well respected organization. He and Tess moved to the Russian River “Cent’anni”, where he enjoyed many new acquaintances, “The Squirrels” and especially Jeff Cronquist. John’s life-long friends were loyal. Richard Watson, being one of many, has been a steadfast and devoted friend who stood by John through life’s trials and tribulations. Rich provided diligent advice when needed and for that, the Mino family will always be appreciative.
The organizations that John belonged to and supported are legendary. John had a “take charge” attitude when it came to raising money. Lessons learned in the Inspector Bureau made John the consummate fund-raiser. He only raised money for worthy causes: his Staff Golf Tournament, which was 25 years in the making, provided funds for a family of a fallen Secret Service agent and for the Archbishop Riordan field project, where his sons and grandsons attended. He held Archbishop Riordan in high regard. John was a member of California Native Sons, Navy League, Naval Order, American Legion, SF Police Officer’s Association, Widows and Orphans Association, Riordan Boosters Club, Monte Rio Chamber of Commerce, Northwood Golf Club (Past President) and Northwood Men’s Club
John is survived by his second wife, Gretchen Mino, her children Kathryn Huck, Karen (Bruce) Shimizu and their children Nolan and Kevin Huck, Nicole (Dustin) Bennett, Cecelia and Ronald Shimizu. They also loved and adored our father.
The family would like to invite all to celebrate a life well lived. Services were at Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City on Monday, May 14, 2018. Funeral mass held at St. Finn Barr’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10 am, 415 Edna Street, San Francisco. Entombment at Italian Cemetery in Colma. We will continue to celebrate his life in “Mino” style at the Italian Athletic Club in North Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the Mino family wishes all donations go to the Archbishop Riordan Field Project, 175 Phelan, San Francisco 9411
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970