John William Romo
1960 - 2021
John William Romo went to God on November 23, 2021 suddenly and sadly. A resident of Independence since 2019, he leaves behind many loving and kind neighbors and friends who love the Sierra a much as he did. John was known for taking his purple jeep around town to check-in on his friends, offering them an ice cold beer if they were toiling in the yard on a hot summer day, and just being a friendly face to all.
John grew up in San Diego California, and went to the School of the Madeleine Elementary school, and is a 1978 graduate of University Catholic High School. He was proud to be a Uni DON. He attended as many Uni DON's class reunions as possible. He kept in close contact with many classmates who have extended their love and support upon John's passing.
John worked for many years at the San Diego Union Tribune as a color lab specialist. When the paper shut down, John pursued his passion of cooking. He attended Culinary School in Phoenix, Arizona. He subsequently was hired as a Chef at Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada, where he lived and worked for 12 years.
He returned to San Diego, to care for his mother who had Alzheimer's. She passed January 2019.
John's life was punctuated with many wild adventures, especially in his youth, too many to detail here. One of John's passions was fishing. As a teenager he rode his bike from his Bay Park San Diego home to Mission Bay to go fishing. He went camping and fishing with his father and friends through out his life along the Eastern Sierra. He spent much time with his dad attending land speed races at El Mirage and Bonneville. He loved going to concerts with his friends and was an aficionado of rock and roll. He was a history buff and loved movies. Both expertise put him as a formidable competitor for watching Jeopardy at home!
He visited Hawaii several times with his brother Tony and spoke of the beauty of the Islands often. His basic attire was grounded in his broad collection and love of Hawaiian shirts, shorts and flip-flops.
Though late in life, John reconnected with a childhood friend, Cindy, who went to the same elementary and high school briefly. They shared memories of the "old days", including how their dads knew each other and coached little league. Cindy and John were married privately at Yosemite Chapel December 1, 2019. They moved to Independence and enjoyed their retirement raising their Australian Cattle dog, Abbie, and Queensland Heeler, Bodie. John enjoyed the small town life, including the great July 4th celebrations and pit BBQ's, the friendly neighbors, the snow at Christmas time, and the beautiful Autumn colors. A favorite memory of John's was his 60th birthday. All neighbors come over to celebrate. He talked about it at length and it was a highlight of his time in Independence.
John is survived by his wife Cindy Shelton Romo. He is also survived by his brother Dr. Tony Romo (Karen) and his brother-in-law, Kevin Whaley, (Holly). He is also survived by his cousin Benny Rodriguez (Amy). He is predeceased by his beloved father William John Romo (USMC) and his Mother Rose Blanco Romo.
A Catholic prayer service will be held December 18th, 2021 at 1 p.m. at St. Vivians Catholic Mission in Independence, California. Graveside services will follow at Independence Cemetery. John will be laid to rest, as he wished, in view of the Sierra Nevada, next to the Independence Creek. May his soul rest in peace.
Published by Inyo Register on Dec. 7, 2021.
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St. Vivians Catholic Mission
Independence, CA
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John was a man whose character was filled with courage. His example of bravery is something few would recognize, yet all could use. You will be missed my friend.
Larry A. Wilske
December 17, 2021
Johnny you will always be around the campfire with us.
Petey & Rebecca
December 14, 2021
Love, Petey & Rebecca
December 14, 2021
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December 12, 2021
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