JOHN BELCHEZ
BELCHEZ , JOHN "JB" August 19, 1947 to November 16, 2012 John "JB" Belchez was born on August 19, 1947. On November 16, 2012, JB lost his three year battle with brain cancer. JB was a multifaceted individual that crammed more into his lifetime than a normal person could ever dream of doing. His love of adventure took him all over the world, but in the end, he always came back to Hawaii and San Diego. Sailing, surfing and horses were his main passions. Over the years, the magnitude of his kindness, generosity, joy, and energy was experienced by many. His multitude of friends came from all walks of life. JB will be sorely missed and will not be forgotten. A bright spirit has left this world to begin another adventure. JB is survived by his wife Jessie, his father Jack, and his sister Helen. A Celebration of Life Service for JB will be held at Windansea Beach in La Jolla on December 9, 2012 at 11 a.m. There will be a memorial paddle out following the service.

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 12/2/12.
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Dec. 3, 2012.
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Jessie, (if you see this - or anyone that knew John well in Hawaii) in my previous message I forgot to ask you, if you wouldn't mind, to contact me. [email protected] Thank you.
Paul Baumgarten
January 24, 2017
I've thought about John from time to time over the years. When I finally decided to try to contact him I saw his beautiful eulogy on the internet and was very sad and disappointed he was no longer with us. John was a high school surfing friend. I had the pleasure of surfing with him every so often over a period of a couple years, and we also spent a few weeks in Waikiki in 1969. He was the most fascinating person. He always seemed to be outside of everything, sort of like a puppeteer controlling everything in his vicinity and easily laughing about it all. Little did I know that at 22 years old he was just warming up, getting ready to devour life and masterfully create his dreams. He was an inspiration to me, although I didn't know him that well nor spend that much time with him. But I admired him and wondered how it was that he could be who he was. I don't know if anyone will ever see this, but I'd love to speak to anyone that was in his immediate circle in Hawaii. John, I remember our time together like it was yesterday. I know you're having a good time wherever you are and that that place is better for your being there. Love you my friend, Paul Baumgarten
Paul Baumgarten
January 24, 2017
I never met John but have heard so much about him from my parents. Helen, please contact me at [email protected] We are going to be in the San Diego area soon and would love to take you to lunch/dinner.
Connie Lee Ritchie
June 30, 2014
JB It was an honor to be involved with your last "party" on Dec. 9th at Windansea. Got to see and talk to many of your old friends(great stories). Thanks for the great memories,the hikes,the concerts,the parties,the surf sessions,and the special times together living in Punahou Cliffs. You will not be forgotten. A special mahalo and aloha to Jessie for her love and kindness during JB's final journey. Aloha my friend.
Alex & Kathy McDougall
December 27, 2012
JB It was an honor to be involved with your last "party" on Dec, 9th at Windansea. Got to see and talk to many of you old friends.(Great stories) Thanks for the great memories, the hikes, the concerts,the parties, the surf sessions,and the special times together living at Punahue Cliffs. You will not be forgotten. A special Aloha to Jessie for her love and kindness in JB's final journey. Aloha Alex&Kathy Mc Dougall.
December 27, 2012
Although we only had a brief meeting, you made a huge impact on my life. I wish we could've spent more time together so I could gain more of your infinite wisdom. Happy trails dear friend. I know you're looking down on us laughing......
Connie
December 14, 2012
JB you will be missed! We had alot of good times, good food, good company, in Hawaii and on Pescadero Ave. Will always remember our little bonfire at the end of pescardero one Christmas. You were like another brother to me when mine were not around. Rest in Peace, Aloha.
Dana Waldman
December 9, 2012
John and I go way back to the North Shore on Oahu in 1970 when we both worked in sin city (Waikiki). I worked in Chuck Steakhouse organization as a cook and JB worked as a waiter at the Red Vest. We always shared rides to town for work and back to the North Shore in the wee hours in the morning; lucky for us we both made it to this age considering the the thing we did.

I moved to Maui in 1974 and didn't see JB until I ran into him at Mitch's wake in Ulupalakua in1998. Since then JB and I have had many good times together riding horses and having great conversations. One side of him was always a mystery to me but that's what made JB what he was; I will miss his dry humor. Aloha JD
John Daniels
December 8, 2012
For all those who had the honor of sharing in his life and in the life of those he loved, hearts have been opened.

Now the wind carries his spirit that continues to touch our lives. The ebb and flow of the ocean's mist will forever bear his words.

To Jessie, memories will strengthen you and keep you safe.
Audrey Baker
December 8, 2012
I feel blessed to have known you and spent time with you and assist you in your time of healing and offer comfort to you!
I am thankful that in return you have been preparing me for what is to come in taking care of my mum! May your soul sail on thru the calm waters, captain! Sorry that I cannot be there in person but I am in spirit! My thoughts are with you too Jessie and to all! Love and light.
Marion O'Connor
December 7, 2012
It was such an honor to have known you and to have been giving the opportunity to assist you in your time of need! I feel blessed for our time spent together. I am happy that I could bring to you a sense of comfort and in return you have helped me tremendously in my life to prepare for what is to come with caring for my mum! Thank you, I miss you and may your soul sail on into calmer, more peacefull waters, captain Sorry that I cannot be there for the paddle out as I am in Scotland with my mum but I am there iwith you in Spirit! My thoughts are with you too Jessie! Love and light!
Marion O'Connor
December 7, 2012
God Speed JB. You will be sorely missed!
Doreen Bermingham
December 7, 2012
Dear,
Aunt Jessie I'm trully sorry for your loss JB really was a great guy. My first time meeting uncle JB he was easy to get along with because he was laid back, down to earth, and all around a nice guy. He took me surfing for the first time. All that morning I tried to get on one wave but I kept falling off my board. Except for the one wave at the end of the morning. I actually caught and road that wave. As I was riding that wave I remember looking out of the corner of my eye and seeing JB with his arms in the air and his facial expression looking more excited then I was. Then we packed up and he treated me to lunch and a movie. So, in all stories short I'm so thankful for meeting him,having such a great day with him, and learning a life lesson from him. No matter how many times you get knocked down keep trying and you will surely reach your goal.
Christopher Snyder
December 7, 2012
Nevaeh and Aria Snyder
December 7, 2012
I wish I had had the opportunity to have gotten to know you better over the years-there were so many times I had wished I lived near Jess (& you). You were such a firecracker! I remember the first time I met you on one of my visits to San Diego, when I was given the daunting task of organizing all your folks' files in that high rise near the water (I almost fainted as there was a LOT). You walked in the door with your friend/employee and just kind of barked "hey, what's up" when Jess introduced us. I had opened my mouth to say "it is a pleasure to finally meet you" but I got as far as "it" because I was speaking to your back as you hadn't even stopped but had kept on walking & talking to the guy! My instant thought was & I accidently said it out loud "how rude" as Jess laughed. Over the years, I came to know you through my sister's eyes, words & heart. I must admit I shook my head many a time as Jess spoke of the many sides of your "colorful" personality (& potty mouth). One thing I DO know is...how much you meant to my sister...she had finally met her match (2 peas-in-a-pod? nah, more like 2 stubborn hard heads!). I did realize though-you guys really loved each other in your own quirky ways.
*Jess...I wish so bad I was physically there for you during this difficult time..but I am sending my love & support over the many miles separating us. I love you. Take comfort in the fact you were among the many fortunate to have had him touch your life (heart & soul). I pray that our Lord will touch you with his love and give you comfort.
*JB...join the rest of the Big Kahunas doing what Big Kahunas do and catch the big ones to your heart's content! Aloha til we all meet again someday.
Denney Snyder
December 6, 2012
JB,

Although we have never met, we are truley saddened by your loss. I know how much you ment to Aunt Jess. Please watch over her now and until you greet her at those heavenly gates. God got a wonderful angel when he called on you to come home. Sleep with the angels! We will meet one day! Aloha!
Krystina, Josh, Nevaeh, and Aria Snyder
December 6, 2012
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Bubby - Haven't heard that name in a long time have you? Remember the time Santa brought you the bow and arrow set? You sent me out in to the field, behind the house, so you could shoot them into the air. I was suppose to catch them so they would not get dirty. Boy was mom mad at you. I'll be there Sunday!!! Helen
Helen (Belchez) Azevedo
December 4, 2012
aloha jb we had goood times in ob and kauai see you surfing aloha shak sanborn honokaa hawaii
December 4, 2012
I remember the good times we had in high school, getting together after school pitching in for gas and heading to the beach. So sorry to hear of John's passing.
Larry Leptich
December 4, 2012
Had many fun times and laughter with JB; he taught me a lot about horses. He loved my old appy, Paco, who took him on many adventures all over Haleakala. Ride on, JB, wherever you are!
Michelle Steuermann
December 3, 2012
Jessie you have my deepest sympathies
David Cummins
December 3, 2012
We miss you Brother... Thanks for all the fun times and great friendship. Happy trails until we meet agan, till then save me some "Lefts" up there! :-)
Mahalo,
Guy Hansen
Guy Hansen
December 2, 2012
Rest in peace, Uncle Johnny. You will be missed.
Jennifer Azevedo
December 1, 2012
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