Aug. 19, 1948 - Oct. 7, 2018
John Jeffrey Almquist, age 70, passed away suddenly on Oct. 7, 2018, while on vacation in Lyon, France with his wife of 41 years, Julie.
Born on Aug. 19, 1948 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey to the late John and Jeanne Almquist. Jeff graduated from Yale University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Jeff met the love of his life, Julie, at a dinner with mutual friends and they married in 1977 after moving to Felton. Soon, they were proud parents to sons Sam and John. Jeff became an active member in the community, serving as a Scout Leader, youth soccer coach for his son's teams, was a Scott's Valley Lion's club member, served on numerous boards in the local area and did pro bono work for many volunteer organizations.
Professionally, Jeff practiced law from 1976 to 1996, focusing on business and bankruptcy litigation. In 1996, he was elected to the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors and re-elected in 2000, proudly serving the Fifth District until Oct. 2003, when he was appointed to the Santa Cruz Superior Court. Judge Almquist served as the court's presiding judge in 2010 and 2011. For the past seven years, he has served on the bench in the family law assignment at the Watsonville branch.
With a quick wit and somewhat mischievous twinkle in his eye, Jeff enjoyed life to the fullest, always welcoming friends and family with a warm embrace, indulging in his passion for reading, sports, travel, and cooking. He was always ready with an endless supply of stories, was generous with both his love and time, and loved to find the humor in almost any situation.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Julie, sons Sam and John, daughters-in-law Sarah and Doris, sister Jennifer, and numerous other extended family members.
A celebration of Jeff's life will be held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2018 at 3:00pm, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity
in his memory. View the online memorial for Jeffrey Almquist