John Blomster
1988 - 2021
John Blomster
August 25, 1988 - June 13, 2021
Sacramento, California - John Lewis Blomster, whose grace, intellect, artistry, humor and abiding love for his beautiful wife, Robin, and his family glowed like pure gold, passed into God's eternal embrace on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
A celebration of John's life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L St., Sacramento CA 95811.
John was born Aug. 25, 1988, an event that brought to the world a true force of nature who achieved much in a short time, growing into a man of great character, a husband who found and cherished his forever love, and a son who, along with his sister, Julie, was the center of life.
His energy became musical excellence manifested in his singing, composing and guitar playing; his academic and then professional achievement; a reveling in his love for the San Francisco Giants; passion for Patrick's Point on the north coast; and reverence for family and friends.
After graduating from McClatchy High School and San Francisco State, John's career in communications took off, first as a freelance writer for Comstock's magazine, then as part of the Sacramento State communications team and, after a stint in nonprofit communications, as communications manager for University of Washington School of Law. As part of his and Robin's commitment to their communities, John also was volunteer writer for the American Red Cross.
He was part of Sacramento's music scene, first as guitarist and singer in the band Fixed, playing with exuberant friends he met as a high school freshman, then later with Thieves These Days, where his musicianship reached another level.
John achieved a loving contentment, a joyfully willingness to smile and help others do the same, and a vision for the adventures he and Robin planned to share.
Their journey took them from Sacramento to Seattle, an important stop before whatever was to come next. They embraced the city, its weather, food and soft beauty. Connections to family and friends remained strong, and their many trips back to Sacramento were much-anticipated episodes of happiness.
It is impossible to encompass either the fullness of John's life or the pain that his passing leaves. The love he gave and received is endless. Those who knew John, who helped shape his life and in turn felt his influence, know they are richer for it.
John is survived by his wife, Robin Blomster, sister, Julie Blomster, mother and father Rita and Brian Blomster, and grandmother Takeko Sullenberger, along with uncles, aunts and cousins on both sides of his family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to any of the following organizations: Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter; Red Cross Gold Country Region; or Capital Public Radio.

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What a lovely young man who was contributing to his community. I´m so sorry he had to leave this world so soon.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
July 8, 2021
The love and light John brought into the world shines in the memories you shared. I remember when John first arrived in Seattle and the UW from Sacramento. He was brimming with vision, excitement and energy for this new adventure. He accomplished a lot and is missed, remembered, and celebrated in the communities he has graced with his work and music.
Mary Fan
July 7, 2021
Brian and Rita, I am so sorry to read of the passing of your son, and can only hope that with time, patience and continuing affection for each other and the rest of your family that your sorrow recedes as memories of happy times that you all shared return. My best.
Mike Dunne
July 4, 2021
I will always remember the time I worked with John at Sac State. At first impression you knew the type of man, John was. Warm, creative, bright and enthusiastic. Although he was younger than me, I found myself looking up to him. Hoping that I could someday grow into being a man with similar presence and character. My condolences to the family and his close friends. The world has lost one of its best.
Kevin Trivedi
June 29, 2021
I only met John (virtually) recently, when he hired me to write a series of stories about retiring faculty and graduating students of UW Law. I was immediately so impressed with his kindness and professionalism. I'm also an amateur musician, and he somehow knew about that so we talked about the passion for music we shared. I was so looking forward to continuing to work with John, and imagined a long and productive professional relationship. His passing comes as a complete shock. My deepest, most sincere condolences to John's family and friends. I am so so sorry for your loss.
Rudy Yuly
June 28, 2021
Heather Alhadeff
June 28, 2021
I will remember John for his warm, kind, and supportive energy. His friendship and presence was a huge part of my formative years. I think back fondly on our weekly ritual of playing music and dancing about in a warehouse for hours on end. Breaking for pizza of course. Much of our time centered around making music and performing. Sometimes for others, but always for ourselves. One of my favorite lyrics from John is: The coldest part of about seeing space are the lights that wink in emotionless supremacy. I don't take it for the tone of our angsty teenage years. I hear it for what it means to me now and the memories it brings. Answering what we once sang, we are, indeed, still listening. John, you won't be forgotten.
June 27, 2021
June 27, 2021
So very sad to hear this news. John was about the same age as my older son and I remember when Rita and I took our maternity leaves from the Bee. My heart goes out. May your family embrace and comfort you.
Janet Fullwood
June 27, 2021
While I did not know John personally, I do know his parents as former newsroom colleagues at The Sacramento Bee. And to know them, it´s clear why John has been a special son, accomplishing much in a heartbreaking short time, touching, enriching, enlightening the lives of many. None of us really knows why young, talented souls are taken from us except to believe there must be a greater, heavenly calling for him spiritually. Having experienced it in my family, that has always been my belief. I pray this offers some comfort.
Jim Jenkins
June 26, 2021
I worked with John at Oto´s and was so saddened to hear of his passing. My heart breaks for his mom Rita, his dad Brian and sister Julie, his wife Robin (who John proudly introduced me to while visiting Sacramento and shopping at the store) and mostly for his Grandma Takeko, a gracious and generous lady who is definitely a store favorite, and who absolutely adored her "Little John" so very much. I enjoyed talking to John about music, sports (everyone knows he was an avid Giants fan, but did you know he enjoyed ice skating and would lutz and spin in the stockroom?), but I mostly enjoyed talking to him about his writings. I was always honored that he let me read his articles and flattered that he valued my opinions ... John was sooo intelligent and so gifted! We are going to miss John very much, especially his bestie Mark. To the Blomster family and Takeko ... you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Debski (his always cherished nickname for me)
Debbie Wong
June 25, 2021
My deepest sympathy for Brian, Rita and the entire Blomster family. I worked with John at Sac State and he quickly impressed everyone with his talent, dedication, enthusiasm and optimism, not to mention his quick and sharp sense of humor. He was part of a small influx of young people into the office at that time, and together their energy infected all of us more cynical old fogies. I will always remember the J-Crew. And I am extremely grateful I got to know and work with John.
Craig Koscho
June 24, 2021
John was a gracious, talented, cheerful, kind human. As a colleague at UW, he was one of those rare people whose work elevated everyone else's. I miss talking baseball, books, and music with him, trading dog stories, and long chats in our offices. I'm gutted for Robin and the rest of John's family. He was a tremendous person, and this is an enormous loss.
Hailey Juneau
June 24, 2021
My heart goes out to Brian, Rita, and Julie Blomster, and all the Blomsters and other relatives and friends of John. He was an amazing young man with so many gifts and talents, and will be greatly missed by all. May God bless you all and grant you peace.
Shan Vollmers
June 24, 2021
My deepest condolences to the entire family. John was a beloved member of the UW Law team. We will miss him tremendously. Sending love and peace.
Staishy Siem
June 24, 2021
Dear Brian and Rita. I don't have the words to express the sorrow I feel over John's passing. Over time, I pray you'll find comfort in your memories of a truly caring, gifted and remarkable young man, and the role you played in helping him become who he was. Prayers your way from all of us at Leo High School. God bless.
Dan McGrath
June 24, 2021
While I have no words to ease your grief, I keep you in my prayers and ask that peace will come to Robin and John´s family and their loved ones. John was a true light.
Christina Coad
June 24, 2021
Brian, Rita and family, My condolences to you during this difficult time. May the memories of John comfort you always.
Jason Shoultz
June 23, 2021
Rita and family, my heart breaks for you in this incredible loss. There are no sufficient words to give comfort to you now, but be assured you will be in my prayers as you pass through these deep waters of grief which will often seem to inundate you. Sending you my love, Sheri
Sheri Cook
June 23, 2021
Dear Brian and Rita, Our oldest son and John were at Busy Bee at the same time. I don't know what to say except that my heart is with you, and I hope your memory of John gives you courage in the days ahead - Mike Ellis.
Michael Ellis
June 23, 2021
We are going to miss John so much, but not as much as you his family will. Our thoughts are with you at this time of loss. May the Peace that surpases all understanding be with you. May the good memories of John keep you smiling.
Sellyna Ehlers
June 23, 2021
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