Alfred John Allende Velarde
1930 - 2017
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Alfred John Cocoa' Allende Velarde April 20, 1930 - October 24, 2017 San Diego John Allende was born on April 20, 1930 in San Diego, California to Alfred John Allen whose parents emigrated from Belgium and to Isabella Petra Gonzales Velarde whose Spanish exploring ancestors occupied California central valley prior to the Treaty of Hidalgo. Customary in some cultures where no male descendent survives from the maternal line, the fraternal male will legally adopt the familial surname, ergo, Allende Velarde. He grew up in North Park, attended Garfield Elementary, Horace Mann Jr. High, Hoover High and San Diego High Schools. His nickname was Cocoa, because his complexion was darker than his peers, a name that stayed with him for life. He was married to Deanie McClure (deceased cancer), a Hoover High beauty, for 59 years. They accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Together they had four sons. John, (Mary Thornton) a retired SDFD Engineer residing in Boise, Idaho. Dave (Gina Mattera div.) retired chef at five star Rainwater's. David and his fiance Andrea Moore lived with and took care of his father until the end. Daniel, (Jacki Smith) of North Tahoe and San Juanico, BCS Mexico. They own and operate Punta Pequena Pizza in Scorpion Bay, BCS MX, international surfing mecca. Joseph Christopher, (Susan Griffin div.) (Kathy Kelly) Facility Engineer for Customs & Border Protection. They reside in Imperial Beach. There are 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. John married again to Mary Jo Lamb Ludwig whom also succumbed to cancer. John also leaves behind his loving Jack Russell Terrier Cha-Cha.John had two parallel careers in government work, one in the US Army, National Guard, US Army Reserve and the other in civil service. Each complemented the other. He joined the Army out of SDHS. Upon release from active duty he was transferred to the Army Reserve at Fort Rosecrans during which time he became an apprentice electronics mechanic at NASNI. He completed a program as an electronic mechanic. He organized the NASNI Apprentice Alumni Association and became vice president of the North Island Association. He maintained his service obligation. Being familiar with the integrated fire control and communication systems he rose rapidly in the National Guard. Returning from training, he was appointed Leading Man in the microwave section at NAS North Island. His civil career was interrupted several times by orders to active duty: the Cuba crisis, Berlin crisis and others. Returning to civil service, he transferred to Naval Electronics System Command as a Quarterman, assigned to take possession of property at 1500 Pacific Coast highway, formerly occupied by Convair. He converted the property into an electronic repair and depot level maintenance facility. This meant converting the warehouses to a work environment, bringing in manufacturing equipment from government excess property management and bringing in sufficient power to tool up and sustain fleet support. The operation included machine operations, teletype, crypto graphic, radar, radio communications, wire and cable crews. It continues to this day under government owned contract operated management. Mr. Allende was a California licensed, Manufacturing Engineer (MF1608).On return from Vietnam he was hired as the Production Superintendent Missile Electronics of the Ordinance Systems Comment and Rework Facility US Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, CA. Most of his work still remains sensitive. It is noted that his US Army records indicates that he earned the unique prefix classification E for Electronic, Warfare Specialist, bestowed upon successful completion of military training and duties. While working at NASNI ISLAND & NAVWEAPSTA Seal Beach he frequently taught adult education electronics and related math at SDCC & LBCC. He was an accomplished public speaker and assembled audio visual programs about his facility which he presented to new hire personnel, the community, fraternal, business and professional organizations. He retired from NWSSB and USAR January 1988. Deanie and John traveled in their motor home finally settling in a beautiful beach front vacation home in Conecption Bay, BC MEX.A commitment service will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at 10:00. A memorial service will be held at St Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4816 Glen St, La Mesa, CA 91941 at noon.May God Bless

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Nov. 18, 2017.
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October 24, 2018
I am sorry regarding the loss of your loved one. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family, during these difficult times. May he continue to give support and loving kindness, to all. 1Cor. 1:3,4.
November 20, 2017
A life to be proud of....gave me a new insight to read this and I wish I would have had the honor to meet him. Rest In Peace Sir.
Lisa Haynal
November 20, 2017
I connected with John and Deanne through the church. My daughter Rebecca became friends with Sara and Brooke. Deanne became an adopted Mom and Grandma. He was always such a loving calm presence with Deanne in our lives. He loved and was loved. What a blessing to all of our lives. My love follows you and your family on this journey called life. I am grateful for to God for introducing us through our love of Christ. peace and love Susan Deas Chervak and daughters.
Susan Deas Chervak
November 19, 2017
Dear John and Mary and Family, Our hearts and are love are with you at the loss of your father. Your dad was an icon! We loved hearing stories of his adventures - and some misadventures :) Please know that we will be with you in spirit tomorrow during the service. With love from Idaho, Lynn and Jeff
November 19, 2017
My heart felt condolences to the family, I know he will be missed he was loved by many. That includes our family. Thoughts and prayer to you all.
Donna k Sisk ( Mary Jo's niece )
November 19, 2017
My name is Ray Mendoza, and I attended San Diego High School with your dad. Please accept my sincere condolences.

The last time I saw him was at the annual "jocks" luncheon at Tom Hamm's Lighthouse. He was there with Mary Jo.

Cocoa told me that he was a good friend of Henry "Hank" C. Milam, with whom I served in Korea. I've long wanted to get back in touch with Hank and thank him for the letters he sent my mother after I was wounded.

Your dad said that Hank lived in Florida and offered to get me his contact info. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to talk again after that.

If your dad had an address book with Hank's info, I'd really appreciate it if you could share it with me. My e-mail address is Thanks and best wishes to you all.
Ray Mendoza
November 18, 2017
RIP John. San Diego High School will miss you. Great friend and person.
Hector Baca
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