Citizens and leaders from across the region gathered at the Cal State San Bernardino Student Union on Saturday, August 24, 2019 to celebrate the life and honor the memory of community member and leader John M. Futch, Jr. A longtime resident and community leader, Futch earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Social Sciences at CSUSB where he later became an administrator.
His impact on the university is certain to endure. Among his many contribution there, he provided a platform for Native American educators, artists and performers and played a pivotal role in bringing San Manuel’s California Native American Day Children’s Program to CSUSB. In addition, the San Manuel Pow Wow, the Tribe’s largest event of the year, is hosted at the university due to large part to his efforts. Futch also served as a Trustee with the San Bernardino Community College District; Chief of Staff to his close friend former Board of Supervisor and California Assemblyman James Ramos; and most recently he was elected President of the San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP. His service to the community did not end there. He was also a liaison to law enforcement and member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Information Exchange Committee.
As part of his life-long commitment to education, in 2007 the “Friends of John Futch Textbook Scholarship” was launched. The initiative provides book scholarships for students. Priority is given to those involved in community service, first generation college students and students from groups which are historically underserved. Futch passed away on August 11, 2019 at the age of 69.
Header Photo: California Assemblyman James Ramos pays tribute to longtime friend John M. Futch Jr. during the Celebration of Life Ceremony on Saturday, August 4, 2019 at Cal State San Bernardino.