As a teacher he was loved and respected by his students and colleagues, many of whom he kept in touch for the rest of his life. John’s 3-acre farm on Huasna Road is where he was happiest. In the 80’s he grew Christmas trees and in the early 90’s planted 250 Fuyu persimmon trees which he sold U-Pick to the public. John also bought, repaired, and sold Caterpillar tractors. He always said he wanted to be remembered as the schoolteacher who fixed up old crawler tractors.
In 2000, John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and just like every challenge he faced in life, he fought the disease with amazing strength for 22 years. He will be missed by family and friends.
John is preceded in death by his parents Gaius "Gus" and Stella Shaver of Fallbrook, CA.
Graveside service will be held at Arroyo Grande Cemetery on July 1, 2022 at 10:00 am and memorial luncheon at Arroyo Grande Portuguese Hall immediately following.