Born in Viola, Illinois, John enjoyed living the majority of his life northern California with his wife, Pamela, and his three children. John met Pam in Laramie Wyoming while working on his PhD in Physics. They fell in love, completed their degrees, and were married on January 27th, 1971. In search for sunshine, the couple moved to northern California to raise their family. John taught physics and astronomy at Yuba Community College and even ran a motorcycle and jet ski dealership in the 80s. He was a man of strong will, determination, and kindness. John's love for his family showed in everything he did, and he most enjoyed working hard to support those he loved. John is survived by his wife, Pamela, his three children, Heather, John and Britt, his granddaughters, Nora and Emily, his sister Barbara and his brother James. He was preceded in death by his brother Bill, his brother Leo, and his parents Mary Josephine and William Flaherty. Services will be held in Illinois. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John's name to the John Flaherty Scholarship at Yuba Community College.