LENZIE, John Steven
John Steven Lenzie was anything but an ordinary guy. He was a free-spirit who lived his 59 years to the fullest. John was born February 10, 1954 in Lodi, CA to Helyne & Ted Lenzie Sr. He was full of life from the beginning, creating harmless mischief wherever he ventured. One of John's early adventures began when he followed in his father and brother Jim's footsteps & joined the Navy. He ended his career working at Huhtamaki Inc. in Sacramento, CA. John was said to have 9-lives. His 8th life ended to a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, July 7, 2013. His 9th life will be spent playing baseball on Heaven's team.
From an early age, John loved baseball. He was a pitcher who played hardball like a pro & was an avid SF Giants fan. He was a long time member of the NABA, where he made many lifetime friends. He also loved golf, bowling, fishing, riding his Harley, & spending time in Morro Bay, CA. But most of all, John loved his family. He loved joining with family for holidays to share good food and good times. John's sense of humor was endless & he never met a stranger who he didn't like. And likewise, 'everyone loved John.'
John is survived by his two loving daughters Dawn Marie Hoffman (Roy) of Oregon & Melinda Moad Martinez (David) of Elk Grove, CA; and three grandchildren, Tyler Hoffman of Oregon & Athena & Astrea Martinez of Elk Grove, CA. John is also survived by his parents Helyne & Ted, & siblings Linda Oyas (Bob), Jim Nix (Pat), Ted Lenzie Jr (Sheryl), & Teresa Lenzie-Forster (Marc). Also left behind are cousins Bobby, Sharon, Kiki, Ted & Voula; nieces & nephews include Jim, Rich, Brian, Heidi, & Jaimee; many good friends, including Lori, Susan, Chuck & Bob, will never forget the fun times spent with John. Uncle Jim, Aunt Christine & Aunt Connie will always remember the smiles John brought to their faces. JD, John's corgi puppy (named after John's favorite drink), will always remember his daddy.
For all that knew John, who loved him & will miss him, there will be a Memorial followed by a 'Celebration of Life' on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Elk Grove Funeral Chapel located at 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove, CA, beginning at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of John Lenzie to the Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jul. 14, 2013.