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John Tower Churchill


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John Tower Churchill Obituary
October 25, 1967 - June 26, 2016 John Tower Churchill was born on October 25, 1967, in Evanston, Illinois, and died on June 26, 2016, in Menlo Park after a courageous battle with cancer. He attended schools on the North Shore of Chicago, including Sunset Ridge School, and graduated from New Trier High School. He attended the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduation, he moved to Hollywood with the intention of working for esteemed director David Lynch. Within six months he had secured a position as Mr. Lynch's driver and, ultimately, worked with Mr. Lynch on several films, including the award-winning THE STRAIGHT STORY and MULHOLLAND DR. John rose to First Assistant Director (AD) on Mr. Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE, a movie about film-making, in which John appears on screen, as well as MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE, directed by Werner Herzog. Over the course of his career, John worked with many other notable directors and became a proud member of the Directors' Guild of America. He was a highly sought-after and respected AD on numerous television commercials, including those for Apple Computer, Target, Revlon, GM, Kohl's, Marshall's, Home Depot, and Puma. John married Elizabeth Day on June 19, 1999, and started a family in Los Angeles. The couple then moved to Menlo Park, where John took a position with Apple, traveling around the world to film various projects. An active father who was dedicated to the Menlo Park community, John coached his children's Little League and basketball teams. He leaves his wife Elizabeth, sons Frederick (13) and Robert (11), and daughter Lucy (7). He is also survived by his parents, Barbara and John A. Churchill, his sisters Anne Churchill Coffey and Elizabeth Churchill Cattan, and in-laws, nieces, nephews, and many other cousins and relatives. The Memorial Service for John will be held on Saturday, July 9th at 1p.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Churchill Family Support Fund at gofundme.com/ChurchillFamFund
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 2 to July 3, 2016
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