John Saibini passed away Sept. 11, at ManorCare Health Services in Reno, Nev.
John was born July 21, 1921 to Domenico and Adelina Saibini, immigrants from Fenegro and Genoa, Italy who came through Ellis Island. Born at the Sinelio Ranch west of Reno, near the present day location of Dorostkar Park, John grew up in Norden and Boca, Calif. He graduated from Boca Elementary and Meadow Lake Union High School in Truckee.
He was one of 12 in his graduating high school class in 1938. After high school, John attended and graduated from Oakland Polytechnic College in February of 1942 with a degree in mechanical engineering. John enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 1, 1943 as an engineering officer. He served on the USS Edward Allen in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean where his ship provided support during the invasion of Normandy Beach. While in the Navy, John attended advanced engineering classes at Cornell University.
He was honorably discharged from the Navy with the rank of lieutenant senior grade on March 25, 1946. John then began his career at Sierra Pacific Power Company in June of 1946 as a draftsman/mapper. Throughout his tenure at Sierra Pacific, he worked his way to the position of vice president of Resource Development. Retiring after nearly 44 years of service with Sierra Pacific Power Company, John continued working as a consultant on the Thousand Springs Project. John married Jeanne Bowrin at St. Mary’s in the Mountain’s Catholic Church in Virginia City on Aug. 31, 1952. John spent countless days enjoying hunting, fishing, woodworking and relaxing at the cabin he built at Donner Lake with his father in 1947.
John was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne and brother Ray Saibini. He is survived by his daughter Dianne Kiser and son-in-law Mark of Truckee, and their son Tim Duffin of Sacramento; son Scott and daughter-in-law Kim of Reno, and their daughters Ashley and Kristen Saibini of Reno; niece Cynthia Littlefield of Sparks and nephew Albert Saibini of Stafford, Va.
John’s family would like to thank Dr. Gingold, VistaCare hospice nurse Carol Thompson, and the wonderful staff at ManorCare Health Services for the exceptional care they gave our father over the past few months of his life.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in John’s name to your favorite charity. At his request no funeral will be held. A private memorial service will be held at Donner Lake at a later date.
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