Quimby, 77, had overcome polio as a child and later battled pulmonary disease that was brought on by his confinement to a wheelchair, his prepared obituary states.
The Democratic lawmaker was first elected to the state Assembly in 1962. He served what was then the 72nd Assembly District, which spanned parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, for 12 years before losing in a primary in 1974. Quimby continued to represent those counties in the Capitol after he lost, not as an elected official but as a lobbyist starting in 1980. He retired from lobbying in 2011.
While in the Legislature, Quimby authored a namesake law that required developers to donate land or money for local parks. He enjoyed reminiscing about his time in the state Legislature, which was marked by the reign of famed former Assembly Speaker Jesse M. Unruh.
"Like Jesse Unruh, John was known for his wit, idealism, anger and irreverence and until 1976 his drunken excess," according to a prepared obituary submitted to The Bee. "He attributed his 1974 political loss for saving his life."
Quimby spent the following years "helping countless individuals find recovery" during his own 36 years of sobriety.
He is survived by two children, three step children, seven grandchidlren, seven great grandchildren and a brother. A memorial service will be held at Carmichael's Mission Oaks Community Center on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.
PHOTO CREDIT: California Secretary of State Lobbyist Directory