John Michael Bryan was born November 9, 1949 in Bakersfield, CA and died in Madera, CA on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the age of 68. John was a 1967 graduate of San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno. He later served in the U.S. Army as a medic in Vietnam where he received the Purple Heart for a wound to his leg and was honorably discharged. John earned his Bachelor’s Degree at CSU Fresno and received his D.M.D. (Doctor of Medical Dentistry) from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1981. He practiced Dentistry at Grace Hill Community Services and started 5 clinics while in St. Louis. In 1988 he relocated to Madera to be near family. He practiced dentistry in Madera and for the Healthy Smiles Foundation's Healthy Smiles Bus until the time of his death. He was fascinated by forensic dentistry. He served the Fresno and Madera coroner's offices preforming dental identifications when called upon for many years.
John was a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Fellow in the American College of Dentistry. In the community of Madera he was an active member of the Elks Lodge, Madera Kiwanis Club, the St. Joachim’s Church Folk Choir, was a past president of the parish council at St. Joachim’s and belonged to the VFW and American Legion Posts.
John was a marathon runner which included Los Angeles, Sacramento and ran the Boston Marathon two times. He surfed in the ocean, was into biking and took flight lessons to become a pilot. He also was a Master Gardener and when he had nothing to do he raced his car at the Madera Speedway for a number of years.
John is preceded in death by his father Jim Stiles, brothers Jim Stiles Jr. Ken Stiles and William Bryan.
He is survived by his wife Ellen of 43 years, son Sean and his wife Aubri and grandsons Brody and Rylan, mother Mary Stiles, sister Janet Peck, sister Kathy Stringer and her husband Kurt, brother Tom Bryan and his wife Diane, brother Jim Bryan and his wife Jeanne, brother David Stiles, brother Bob Bryan and brother Rory Bryan and a whole lot of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was a great man who cared about people. He gave great dental care to his patients and free care to those that needed help.
He didn’t do anything half-way. As his friends said he didn’t do things big, they were “massive and impressive.”
One of the greatest joys in life came when his two grandsons were born. He was an extremely proud papa.
Recitation of the Rosary will be on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, followed by the Funeral Mass at 2:00 PM.
Remembrances in his name may be made to The Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation, 4186 W. Swift Avenue, Suite 108, Fresno CA 93722 or Doctors without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, Ste. 2, New York, New York, 10001
Donations may be made to:
Doctor's Withou Borders
333 7th Avenue, Suite 2, New York NY 10001
The Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation
4186 W. Swift Avenue, Suite 108, Fresno CA 93722