He was 77.
Quinby was afflicted with polio as a child and overcame the challenges brought on by the debilitating disease.
At the age of 22 he became the youngest member ever elected to the San Bernardino City Council.
He was eventually elected to the California State Assembly in 1962 where he served twelve years representing Assembly District 72 encompassing parts San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
He authored the 1965 "Quimby Act" which requires developers set aside park land, donate conservation easements, or pay fees for park improvements.
Quimby lobbied the Legislature for nearly three decades on behalf of San Bernardino County and in 2000 he added Riverside County until his retirement in 2011.
He was known for his larger than life personality.
Polio kept Quimby confined to a wheel chair for over 30 years contributing to chronic pulmonary disease.
He is survived by his two children, John Quimby, Jr. and Kimberly Quimby both of Sacramento, three step children, Kenny, Mary and Virginia George, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and his brother Merle Quimby of Kingman Arizona.
A memorial service is planned for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608.
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