John Runnels was born at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California on July 11, 1950 to Frank A. Runnels and Frances Wright Runnels. John was one of four siblings, Pamela R Serres (predeceased who lived in Canby, OR), Helen K. Runnels (lifelong resident of Piedmont, CA) and Richard Allen Runnels of Manhattan Beach, CA. John was a proud 3rd generation Californian spending his childhood in Piedmont California but ultimately made South Lake Tahoe his home. He is most prominently known for his automotive shop at the Y intersection, Runnels Automotive. \n\nRunnels Automotive opened at the prominent location in 1976 in the old location of the Gulf Oil gas station on the corner of Lake Tahoe Blvd and Highway 89. In 2021, he sold the shop and the iconic cars found a new home. While living in Tahoe, John ran for public office many times, and was very passionate about his community. John was the president of the Citizens Alliance For Responsible Government. He was an avid hiker, gardener, and was best known as a car enthusiast. Locals and tourists alike would appreciate his ever changing collection at the Y for over 45 years. \n\nJohn is survived by his older sister Helen, his younger brother Richard (Rick) and his only son Travis. He had many friends around South Lake Tahoe and would often drop in to talk cars and convince them to go to grab a bite. John had weekly lunches with his friends around town and would join them for local poker nights. John died on December 29, 2022 and was 72 at the time of his passing. He will be missed by many.