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EIGHT BELLS - John Folting
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Nov 5, 2012, 9:21 AM

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John Folting, an active member of the San Diego Yacht Club race management team, died October 29, 2012 at the age of 71 years.

John served as the Chairman of the Race Committee in 1987 and 1988, and again in 2007 and 2008. He was Race Committee Chairman for the America's Cup in 1988 and 1992, and he ran the Olympic Trials for the Stars and Solings classes in 1988. He met his future wife, Ann Gausewitz in 1987 when they were both members of the SDYC Race Committee. Ann and John were married in 1989.

John was born in Arizona but raised and spent his life in Southern California. A resident of San Diego for his adult life, John became a pilot and Captain for PSA, and flew for them for over 20 years. He continued to fly for U.S. Airways until he retired in 1998.

After retirement, John remained active. He became a Docent on the U.S.S. Midway and enjoyed many summers in Minnesota with the family. He loved his many animals, who will miss his devoted attention.

John leaves behind Ann, his wife of 23 years. He is survived by his daughters, Darcy and Christina Folting and his brother Robert. He will be missed as well by his father-in-law, Phil Gausewitz, by Bill and Toney Gausewitz, Ellen Gausewitz and Nancy Berner, his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, and his nieces and nephews, Nicholas, Eric and Jeffrey Berner, and Barbara, Polly and Robert Gausewitz.

Services will be held on Thursday, November 8 at 4:00pm:

St. Peter's By The Sea Lutheran Church
1371 Sunset Cliff's Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to BECA, an all-volunteer organization providing scholarships to deserving children in La Mision, Baja California who would otherwise be unable to go to school.

Donations may be made:
In Memory of John Folting
BECA, La Mision Companies
PMB 840
PO Box 439060
San Diego, CA 92143

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Nov 5, 2012, 9:39 AM

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It was during the 1992 America's Cup when John called the finish of the closest race in the history of the final Cup match - Il Moro di Venezia's three-second win over America 3 that evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1. Full report.

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