September 24, 1936 - December 22, 2013
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John Paige, 77, passed away at home in Northridge, CA. John was raised in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University, majoring in Electrical Engineering. Following his graduation, he was commissioned into the Air Force as a lieutenant. He spoke fondly of his time in the Air Force, particularly his time stationed in the Azores, his home base for touring Europe as a young man. His travels led him to Sacramento, CA, where he settled and started a family. John had a very successful career as an actuary and senior executive in the insurance industry; however, his primary focus was always family. He spent the last 25-plus years enjoying Southern California with his loving wife, Virginia. He was a lifelong runner, finishing several marathons and countless other races. He took pleasure in tracking his running stats over the years, including noting his numbers on his annual "birthday run." In retirement, you would typically find him at his favorite outdoor spaces including "his" beach in Santa Monica, Balboa Park, and Maui; walking; developing apps/software with his wife; spending time and talking with amazement about his grandchildren; writing the next great novel; gardening; telling stories and playful jokes; and spending time with his family. He loved his life and his obvious happiness lifted up everyone around him.
John is survived by his wife Virginia Lawrence Paige; daughters Joanne Paige, Elaine Andersen (Jay), Melinda Ireland (Joe), and Marilyn Paige; grandchildren Ryan, Paige, and Joshua; stepson Francis Lawrence (Helen) and step-grandchildren Joseph and Andrew; and brother Robert Paige (Raytheda) and niece Oleta. He was and will always be in spirit an incredibly loving and special husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be greatly missed and impossible to remember without the big, bright smile he almost always wore. He chose to live his life as the best and happiest person he knew how to be, inspiring all of us to do the same. We love you and will see you every time we stare into the ocean's waves or glory in the countless wonderful memories we are blessed with. May you rest in beautiful peace, knowing how loved you are.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 19, 2014