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A saddened yet profoundly grateful family and friends said goodbye to John Kilburn Hicks on April 30, 2023, after an extended stay at the Kingman Regional Medical Center. John had lived a gregarious, loving, and fulfilling life, punctuated with travel adventures, friends, beautiful, loving children and grandchildren and a 47-year collaboration and love affair with his wife, Kathy.

John was born to Kilburn James and Mary Lorraine Hicks in Hot Springs, South Dakota, on July 27, 1953, and was the middle son of five boys. He spent his early youth living with his family in Igloo, South Dakota at the US Army base before they moved to Pleasant Hill, California where he attended College Park High School and met many life-long friends. John attended Arizona State University and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He was a proud Phi Delta Theta Fraternity member and was lovingly referred to as “Dad.” John was also a 30-year member of the Knights of Columbus organization, a defender of social justice issues, and a trusted and sage friend and confidant to many.