John Dennis Mapes of Livermore, California passed away unexpectedly on May 17, 2022 at 81 years old. He was a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend and Granada Little League coach.
Dennis was born in Hollywood, California and grew up in the Los Angeles area. The son of Ted and Ruth Mapes, a Hollywood stunt man and postal worker, he graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnical High School before attending San Jose State University. In 1964, one month after graduating with a degree in geology, Dennis quickly joined the United States Navy as an aviation officer. He served his country for eight years — a position that he held with the highest regard.