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John T. Pigott

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John T. Pigott Obituary
January 30, 1920 - April 12, 2016 Died in Bradbury, California, he was 96. Born to Bessie (Ashton) and John Thomas Pigott, Sr., John grew up in San Francisco, California, with two older sisters, Elizabeth Pigott Yost (deceased) and Virginia Pigott Coleman, of San Francisco. He attended Grant School, then Thacher School, in Ojai, CA. He was an excellent student and continued his education at Yale University, receiving his Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Bachelor of Laws degree, both with honors. He went to war, for 4 years, as a naval officer, fighting in Europe and Japan during World War II, earning several medals for his valor and heroic conduct. His memories of the war were published in a small book, Destroyer Man, which brought to life one of the defining periods of The Greatest Generation. In 1950 John began the practice of law with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, in Los Angeles, where he had a long and distinguished career. Those lucky enough to have corresponded with John know that he raised the level of letter writing to an art form. In 1953 he became the devoted husband of Joan Alice (Krieger). They loved to camp in the desert near Hesperia, where they ultimately built a home with room for their horses. They remained together until her passing, in 2014. Their marriage was a true partnership and they pursued a variety of interests, always together, and never without at least one dog. They loved horses, too, racing a thoroughbred at Santa Anita, in Arcadia and they bought a ranch in San Francisquito Canyon for training their championship cutting horse. Through the years they owned three boats and spent tranquil weekends sailing to and anchoring at Catalina Island. In later years their granddaughters became their biggest joy and they bought a house in Northern California when they were born. John embraced life, making many friends along the way. He recently gave his time to the Sierra Madre Historic Preservation Society, greeting their curious museum visitors, keeping small toys in his pockets for the bored little children in tow. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for his kind and generous spirit, his wonderful letters, stories and witty anecdotes. John is survived by his daughter, Alison Allen and granddaughters, Ashton and Lily Allen.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2016
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