John Derryl Kimberl, 40, a retired Marine Corps captain who was active in Little League sports in Arlington, died of cancer Saturday at the Manor Care nursing home in Arlington.

Capt. Kimberl was born in Montgomery, Ala., and grew up in Pensacola, Fla. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1959 shortly after graduating from high school. He was trained to bean embassy security guard and served at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador El Salvador.

Subsequent assignments included the Quantico Marine Base, the armed forces language school at Monterey, Calif., where he studied Russian, and the Kaneohe Marine Air Base on Oahu, Hawaii.

Capt. Kimberl was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1966. He served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 and then was assigned to the Naval Security Station in Arlington.

He and his family established their home in Arlington in 1969 and all of Capt. Kimberl's duties after that were in the Washington area. At the time of his retirement in 1977 for reasons of health, he was the personnel officer of the embassy security training battalion at Henderson Hall at the Washington Navy Yard.

Capt. Kimberl was a coach of the Sports Unlimited Little League baseball team in Arlington and also was a volunteer with the Little League Saturday Morning Football League there.

Survivors include his wife, Sally G., and four children, Robert B., John Keith, Kathaleen H. and Karen A., all of Arlington, and a brother, Robert L. Kimberl, of Atlanta.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Hospice of Northern Virginia, 2666 N. Military Rd., Arlington, or to the American cancer Society.