John Sheppard BECKWITH
1953 - 2014
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61, of Hidden Valley Lake, California passed away on January 31, 2014 due to natural causes. He was born in Sacramento, California as the oldest son of Frederick and Clare Beckwith. John spent his youth in Santa Rosa and is a graduate of Montgomery High School. In 1983, he married Marilyn Wise and they had John (Jack) Anton Beckwith, their only son. John worked in transportation for over 35 years and was a member of the Teamsters. Working for various trucking companies John logged over one million miles without a major accident. A self-taught and accomplished guitarist, John's musical passion was the blues. He played with legendary blues artists Nick Gravenites, and was a regular bass player for the Praises of Zion Baptist Church services. He is survived by Jack Beckwith, Jack's wife Tiffany Beckwith and their children: Aunna Kaitlynn and John (Jack) Anton, Jr. John is also survived by his brothers and their families: David and Cheryl Beckwith and their children, Peter, Heather and her husband Will; and James and Tracy Beckwith and their children: Bryce, William and Spencer. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the: John S. Beckwith Grandchild Education Fund. Please direct donations to: Five Star Bank, 2400 Del Paso Road, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95834. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral service on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Lafferty and Smith Colonial Chapel, 4321 Sonoma Highway Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Interment will follow at the Shiloh District Cemetery, 7130 Windsor Road Windsor, CA 95492.

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Published in Press Democrat from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, 2014.
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January 31, 2020
Missing JB. RIP. Xo
Peg Rodriguez
June 3, 2014
John, we were so saddened to hear of your passing, we had a great time playing music together, and playing a concert with you & Nick & David was a blast! We "Rocked" the "Little Red Schoolhouse on Cobb the last gig we did together.....Jam on John, see you on the other side.....Warm Aloha, Mark & Bobbie Smith......(Holy Smoke Band)
February 20, 2014
Marilyn McConkie
February 18, 2014
R.I.P. John, too soon gone and will be so missed by our family and the band. There's no way to describe how much you have done for us personally & for Nick and for keeping the music going in N. CA. We will remember your friendship. Peace & Love, Marcia, Nick & Tim Gravenites
February 12, 2014
John you will be missed. I have a lot of good memories with you in my youth, great music, riding in the big rig. You were (are) a good man that left this earth too soon.

Georgia Hamlin Guglielmini
Georgia Hamlin-Guglielmini
February 12, 2014
See you on the other side John. Ave atque vale.
Skip Engle
February 12, 2014
To John's family, he was a very special man. And we will never forget the music he made. Always a kind heart and a warm smile. We know he's playing his guitar with all the other greats before him.
Bill and Nancy Sherwood
February 12, 2014
Flowers for us
It's been many years, memories seem in black and white. Music, laughter and fun we were all in such a hurry to get we knew not where. My path took me away on a twisted trail, to return, I had not failed. We are coming to see you off Thursday, we are halfway there, all of us will reunite so enough. Such memories.
Michael Speer
February 11, 2014
Rest in peace....we will miss you in Hidden Valley
Michelle Harbeson
February 11, 2014
John, you were such a kind and talented man. Thank you for sharing yourself in such a way that all who knew you felt included and befriended. I'm so glad that I got to sit with you and your friends before you played at aubergine with Nick G. It was a highlight of an extraordinary night. I am forever grateful. I will miss you. My sincerest condolences to your family.
Glynnis Papageorgacopoulos
February 11, 2014
John... I'm really going to miss you and your exceptional bass playing with Nick. You were always a gentleman and a good person with a huge heart. Rest in peace my friend...
Mike Kutulas
February 11, 2014
Only met him a couple times but am or was really good friends w/ his son Jack. Rest In Peace Jon. And sorry for your families lost will keep them in our prayers
Nicole & Boys Gridley
February 11, 2014
Sleep with the angels my old friend. May you have a peaceful rest in heaven. You will be so missed . Blessings to the all the Beckwith clan. Peace.
Peggy Rodriguez
February 10, 2014
Just find it hard to see one of our buddies gone, hope that the loved ones you left behind, find peace and courage to cope with a great loss. Get us 23 tons of 1/2 inch ac and keep it warm, till I get there. Jesus Valencia
Jesus Valencia
February 10, 2014
I live in Hidden Valley Lake and met John about 4 years ago. I liked him immediately! He always had a good word to say about everyone we knew. I never heard a negative thought come from him. We had a lot of fun while he was playing his beautiful bass. We both love music and I was taken aback as he was a very accomplished guitarist. We traveled to Monte Rio to see John play with Nick Gravenites and his band. It was a memorable night that I will always remember. John had a beautiful spirit and a very gentle demeanor. When I heard of his passing at too young of an age I was heartbroken. I think of him every day since his passing and I smile when I think of all the good times I had the pleasure to have with him. RIP (return if possible) John. Heaven has a new incredible musician on board. You are truly missed...more each and every day. God bless you John for all the good times you brought to all of us. Guys do not love guys, but I truly do love you!
Mike Fechner
February 10, 2014
Always all ways, it was great to see you on the job.. Pink truck blue or mostly a red truck the job was easier and with humor no matter what! Lol and keep playing like you mean it.
Larry Summerfield
February 10, 2014
I met John thru my husband, Tom several years ago. He was a soft spoken, gentle soul who always had something nice to say. I am thankful for his friendship and he will be missed. Rest in peace, John.
Nancie Wilson
February 10, 2014
John, you and I go back a long time, my friend. We've known each other since grade school and I've always looked up to you. Your handshake, smiles, care and concern will never be forgotten, but will surely be missed. Good-bye dear friend.
Tommy Wilson
February 10, 2014
Wow, never expected you to leave us so early, JB. There are lotsa good players in Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, I hope you are welcomed warmly, ol' brother.
Keith Rhinehart
February 9, 2014
You will be so missed by so many. You were a great man with a huge heart. You left us too early and were way too young! Makes me so sad! Blessings to you and your family and I will always remember you! Peggy Stewart Lippman
February 9, 2014
"...we will surely pass, when the one that brought us here returns for us at last...we are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass..."
February 9, 2014
He will be missed and remembered for his love of the blues, cars, boats and anything with a good engine. LOL John, you've left your footprint.
Kristi Weckerle-Warburton
February 8, 2014
Farewell good friend I am saddened and was totally shocked to read of your passing so young. May you rest in peace and be plagued no more by CRL's in your new abode.
Burt Olhiser
February 8, 2014
John's father Fred was my cousin. Fred and I were good friends. I last saw him in Marysville just before he moved to Sacramento. I am sorry that I never met John; he must have been a fine man.
Henry Troqwbridge
February 8, 2014
we go back quite a ways,he was a character , a great bass player, and my friend. RIP john
jimmy smith
February 8, 2014
My sincere sympathies for the passing of John. As a child I spent several summers with John and his brothers at their Sacramento home. My parents were close friends with his mother and dad. He called me when my mother died in 2008. I appreciated hearing from him. May he now rest in peace.
Virginia Strom-Martin
February 8, 2014
I never saw you , dear John , but music travels and remains ; I miss you anyway .
February 8, 2014
He was/is a gentleman. Only met him in passing, and do remember his kind spirit. We'll talk story in Heaven.
February 8, 2014
It has probably been more than 35 years since I have seen John, but I always thought of him with fondness. I had been meaning to get up to Lake County to hear John play his music... Sadly, now, it's too late. I remember hanging out with him and Pat Newman while they were jamming at Bill Reyerson's house. I hope they're all having the jam of their lives in the great beyond. RIP John.
Sue (Smith) Leake
February 7, 2014
an incredible guardian ANGEL
February 7, 2014
Rest in Peace Beckwith.. Amanda and I were very fortunate to have you in our lives. I always enjoyed entertaining and having you over and learning more about music from you..
Tracy and Amanda Bortoli
February 7, 2014
you are missed so much . the love the kids and I have for you will always be remembered and cherished . this last couple years you have brought so much light and happiness to my life . your grandchildren adored and worshipped you . my promise to you is to keep your memories alive. you are a great father wonderful grandpa and maze ing father in law . this past week has been very hard . but now I know you're an angel looking after all of us . rest in peace John.
tiffany beckwith
February 7, 2014
Nick Gravenites Band with John Beckwith
We will miss you so very much,and always loved to see your smiling face. Great musician, always tasty playing.
David & Linda Laflamme
February 7, 2014
John you so be missed. We had alot good times together in our youth. Rest in peace. You will be Always in our Hearts.
Teri Allen
February 7, 2014
A good Man..A good friend..And now an incredible guardian Angle.
Robert DiPietro
February 7, 2014
I am sad to hear of John's passing. I had know him since high school. John was a good guy.
Jim Cooper
February 7, 2014
Dave & Cheryl, Sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time.
Eric & Jackie Eyrikson
February 7, 2014
John was a great person & a great musician. Taken too, too soon. He will be missed.
Marcus David
February 7, 2014
We will always miss you dear friend....may you be at peace!
Steve Keyser
February 7, 2014
I am so sad to hear this. He was a dear friend and I loved his music, as well. RIP
Janet Taylor
February 7, 2014
As a classmate in the 70's John has been in my life for a long time . Recently we have been engaging in many wonderful moments and ole stories as I cut his adorning locks. That was fun. I will fondly miss this sincere sweet friend.
Loretta Davi-Kirkeby
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