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In Memory of John Knabenbauer
October 19, 1965 – November 28, 2007
John Knabenbauer, a Caltrans Equipment Operator II, was killed in the line of duty on November 28, 2007. He was removing an object on Interstate 215 near the 5th Street off-ramp in San Bernardino when he was struck by a motorist exiting the off-ramp. John is the 12th employee in District 8 to lose his life in the line of duty. John was a 17-year veteran of the Department and began his career in District 7 in May of 1990 as a Maintenance Worker for the Landscape Division. He also worked in Highway Maintenance from 1992 to 1995. After 5 years tenure in District 7 serving Los Angeles County, he transferred to District 8, Riverside, on October 1, 1995. He was promoted to Caltrans Equipment Operator II in Riverside on November 1, 2000. His last assignment was with the Fontana Maintenance yard.
John was well like by his co-workers and was a dedicated employee to the Department. John’s dream since he was a child was to work with roads. He was delighted as he grew older to find out that people actually were paid to work on state highways. He loved his job and took pride in his work. President Bush commended John for his work during the 2003 Old Fire. He and his family resided in Fontana. He is survived by his wife Jeanette, daughter Alyssa, his father Robert and sister Cindy.
Nearly1,000 Caltrans workers attended John’s funeral with over 500 Caltrans vehicles in the procession from the church to the gravesite. His commitment to his career with Caltrans was evident in the way he lived. He will be truly missed.