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John Charles Adamo ’57 was born on May 30, 1935, in Napa. He was the son of Albert and Julia (Panuzzi) Adamo. He was raised in Napa and attended St. John’s Catholic School and Napa High School, graduating with the class of 1953. At Napa High, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. He received a baseball scholarship to SCU, where he graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy. John married his high school sweetheart, Jean Desnoyer, in Napa on Aug. 11, 1956. They made their home in Santa Clara for John’s last year of college, and their first child, Lynn Catherine Adamo ’79, was born on May 28, 1957, in San Jose. In 1958 they returned to their hometown of Napa, and John, Jean and John’s sister Carol opened Adamo Music Center, which they ran successfully for 10 years. Their second child, Christopher John, was born in Napa in 1960. After closing the music store, John pursued a second career in teaching. His first job was at St. Vincent High School in Petaluma, where he taught for two years. In 1971, he moved to St. Patrick High School in Vallejo, where he had a 20-year career. In those years, he taught English, religion, philosophy and psychology. He was also the director of guidance and yearbook advisor. He served as vice principal for a time. He received a master’s degree in psychology from Kensington University in 1993. In 1981, John and Jean moved to Vacaville, California, where they embarked on an adventure growing jojoba. On their 5-acre parcel, they planted 3 acres of jojoba plants, with the desire to create a business selling jojoba oil and products containing jojoba. Through trials and tribulations of having an agricultural business, they succeeded in creating a mail-order business selling products that has kept them busy to this day. Age the age of 84, John passed away on Dec. 23, 2019, at Vaca Valley Hospital in Vacaville after a long illness. John is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Frank Adamo. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean, his daughter Lynn Adamo and her husband Bob Faber of Bend, Oregon, son Chris Adamo and his wife Maureen Adamo of Medway, Massachusetts, grandsons Mark Adamo of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Peter Adamo of Medway, a twin sister Carol Adamo Johnson and her husband Delano Johnson of Napa, and nieces and nephews Jolie Johnson Hutchens of North Liberty, Iowa, Hollie Johnson Schmidt of Napa, Greg Johnson of Napa, Len Adamo of Discovery Bay, and Michael Adamo of Baldwin Park.