John Waitinas died suddenly at his home in Mariposa, Calif. on July 2, 2019. He was born in Chardon, Ohio on July 9, 1966 to Pamela Wright Waitinas of Chardon and the late William R. Waitinas.
He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth Jo Waitinas of Mariposa, and loving father of Nathan (Anni), Cole and Samantha of Bowling Green, Ohio and Alexandra of Minneapolis, Minn. He was the loving stepfather of Nicholas Larsen (Kathryn) and Giovanni Carrino of Moyie Springs, Idaho, Jacob Larsen (Kim) of Parker, Colo., Gratiana Taylor ( Jeff) of San Jose, Calif. and Rocco Carrino of Springfield, Mo. He was the grandfather of Rosalie, Lorelei and Rowena of Moyie Springs. He was the brother of Laura Vokoun (Christopher) of Chardon, Joanna Thomas (Robert) of Valley Village, Calif., Paul (Gretchen Minekime) of Lafayette, Colo., Carol Alaqua (Victor) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Catherine (Brad Campbell) of San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was predeceased by his first wife, Debbie Chapman Waitinas.
John spent his childhood in Chardon and graduated from Benedictine High School in Cleveland in 1985. He enlisted and reached the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, including service in Honduras. He was a self-employed master carpenter and home builder.
He always wanted to live in a secluded forest, and he and Liz moved to the edges of Yosemite National Park in 2014. An avid reader, he enjoyed building furniture in his workshop and traveling in his camper with his wife. He was a loving and tender-hearted husband and son, and a very proud father and grandfather. John was truly one of a kind. His quiet ways and witty jokes will be deeply missed; he was irreplaceable and will be forever in the hearts and memories of his family.
The funeral was held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at at Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills, located at 615 N. Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos, Calif. A military burial followed the funeral service at Los Gatos Memorial Park, located at 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road in San Jose, Calif. The reception followed the burial at Bethel Church on 1201 S. Winchester Boulevard in San Jose.