With great sadness the family of John Summers Spurlock announces his passing on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. John passed peacefully with his wife, Julie, by his side. John was born in Nashville, Tennessee on February 15, 1959. He and Julie had made Southern California their home for the past 30 years.
His love of mankind and life was exuberant and contagious. John was an extraordinary gourmet chef, loved to travel and adored animals. John was a mentor to the next generation. He always had time to listen, absorb and give advice to young people.
He was a gifted and endearing storyteller who enjoyed making people laugh; pulling our leg with a well told yarn or two. A gentle man, to know John Spurlock was to know the kindest heart.
In honor of John's memory donations may be made to the ASPCA.
Published by Ventura County Star on Oct. 22, 2017.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
MAKE A DONATION
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Its days like these where I both smile and cry. I smile because I remember your kind heart in high school, that kind heart you had and how much you loved your sister Stacy. I also smile because you were the first one that gave me so much encouragement and confidence in my hobby of pottery. You unashamedly let others know how much you believed in my work..and in the 2 years before your death, you made me smile hard and laugh as you had that uncanny way of remembering great songs to share for our daily journeys. I shed tears at the regret I never got to see you in person again. I shed a tear that I don't get to hear more stories of your good days with your beloved and with your fur baby. I shed a tear knowing others in our class will not get to share in your unconventional views of life and I shed a tear knowing your lady months of life were a real struggle physically and emotionally to you and those that love you. Today I honor you and I will smile because social media gives us the gift of remembrance. Today I will honor you by speaking your name John because your life matters and today I will honor you because God allowed our paths to cross. I shed a tear because I will not see you this side of heaven, but I will smile because I will see you in heaven one day. Hallajuahs! Your friend...Susan Myers
October 16, 2020
Dear Julie, We met over lunch with John in late 1991. I'm an old friend of John's from our days at Sydney Uni. I was visiting LA in 1991, on my way from Australia to spending a year-long adventure in Europe (via several airshows in the States). I remember the lunch because you and John had gotten me a great seat at a LA Dodgers game. The past two decades have whirled past quickly too quickly. I had google-searched John in hopes of catching up again after so long. Sadly, too late. I will share my fond memories with you of his quickness to smile of his liking of a quiet beer and a noisy volleyball game (Aussies vs PNG-boys John was an honorary Aussie that day, we needed his height against the 6ft-6 PNG boys!) his grin as he introduced me to hominy-grits in Nashville. Happy memories. I hope this finds you well and in good spirits. Regards with a heavy heart but fond memories, geoff wong
November 2, 2018
Oh Julie - I was just searching for your address and stumbled on this. Our hearts are broken for you. We think of you so often and you will always be such a blessing in our lives for what you did for our Kristin. We are praying for you and your tremendous loss and we hope we can catch up with you soon. We are sending you huge hugs and lots of love! Ken- Debi - Kristin and Kati Keskel
December 3, 2017
We just heard today of John's passing. We were so saddened and surprised to hear the news.
He was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him during our time at Salick Health Care
May he rest in peace
December 2, 2017
I'm smiling and crying but mostly smiling seeing and reading your name. Spurlock. . . Thank You. . . . Thank You brother!
November 6, 2017
Julie So sorry to hear of John's passing. Spencer and I enjoyed you both so much when we visited in California. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you.
October 25, 2017
Julie, we love you and will forever hold John and his memory close. To all of Johns siblings, we are here to support you and we feel this great loss as well. John, I don't think you even knew the depth of love we all had for you but you are experiencing the greatest love of all now.