John Pienezza

Jay Pienezza passed away suddenly Monday January 7, 2013. Jay was born June 25, 1979 at Ft. Hood, Texas to Joe and Debbie Pienezza. He was born 1 minute after his twin brother, Rob. John graduated from Oakdale Academy, Trenholm Culinary school (Montgomery, Alabama), and Culinary Italia (Torino, Italy). He cooked in Italy for 5 years, worked as a private chef, and cooked at the Yellow Dog Tavern (Canton, Maryland). He was a June 2012 graduate of the University of Maryland.
Jay's spirit is perhaps best described by what his friend Amy Matheson wrote on Facebook: Yesterday we lost our dear, sweet John Pienezza. Jay loved wholeheartedly, never judged and was a wonderful friend to everyone he met. Jay's laugh would brighten your darkest day and if that didn't do it, one of his hugs sure would.
John is survived by his parents Joe and Debbie Pienezza, and his companion and soul mate Christopher Kabara. He is also survived by his brothers Rob (Tiffany) and Mike (Whitni); and nieces and nephews Zenna, Olivia, Luca, and Isaac. John was also close to his special friends, Bonnie Kabara, Valorie and Becky Kemp.
John's family would like to thank everyone who tried so hard to save him: Rose, Brett, the West Jordan first responders, and the staff at Jordan Valley Hospital.
A wake to celebrate John's life will be held at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, on Friday, January 11 from 6 to 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the or a would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be offered to the family and a memorial video tribute may be viewed at

Published in Deseret News on Jan. 10, 2013