Alamo resident John Kraus, a longtime businessman in Contra Costa County, passed away Nov. 27.
He owned Alamo Pools and Crystal Springs Pools in San Mateo. He was instrumental in designs and construction on many buildings in the Midwest and has his name on many plaques displaying his gunite and construction work. He was a World War II veteran and was one of the Battling Bastards of Bastogne, 101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagles. He loved fishing and boating on Lake Berryessa with his family and friends.
He was the beloved father of Patricia Lynn, Cheryl Nelson, Colleen Thornhill, Bonnie Matthey, and Dennis Kraus; and the cherished grandfather and great-grandfather of 20 children. He was preceded in death by his brother Karl Kraus Jr.
A memorial service was held Dec. 1 at Chapel of San Ramon Valley. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Hospice of East Bay.