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Obituary for John Paul Velasquez
John Paul Velasquez passed away on the 6th of April 2021 at his home in San Gabriel, CA. Services will be held this Friday, the 23rd of April, 2021. The viewing will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Mass will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church 8301 Arroyo Dr. Rosemead CA 91770. John was born to Vicky Alcazar on the 3rd of July, 1966, in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Glendale High School and graduated in 1985. Immediately after high school, John entered and served in the United States Navy from 1985 to 1992. Once out of the military, John attended USC/Cal State Los Angeles, where he received his degree. John had a very successful career at Kaiser Permanente for over 20 years as a project manager. This was John’s home away from home and his second family. John was a devoted husband and father. John met the love of his life, Cecilia Ruiz; and were married in September of 1995. In 2007 John & Cecilia were blessed with a daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, he was extremely proud of being her Daddy. In his spare time, John enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, and playing baseball. He was an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and was not shy about it. John was a very charismatic person who could talk to just about anyone anywhere. John was a giving and loving person, one of the kindest people you could ever meet. John believed in helping people, believed in the future, in the youth, and in higher education. He opened his heart to others in many ways over the years and will be greatly missed by all. John is survived by his wife Cecilia Velazquez and daughter Lauren Velazquez.
* In Lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that a tribute donation in John’s memory be made to the American Diabetes Association: https://www.diabetes.org