John Patrick McMenamin
December 15, 1948 – August 27, 2018
John Patrick McMenamin, 69, died on August 27, 2018 in much the same way he lived the final years of his life – gently, while holding his wife Trudy’s hand.
John was born on December 15, 1948 to Raymond and Ernestine McMenamin in Pasadena, California, the fifth of nine children. He attended Saint Elizabeth grade school in Altadena and graduated from Mater Dei High School in Costa Mesa.
In 1979, John’s son McKay was born, and in the early 80s they moved from California to Montana looking for a simpler life. John enjoyed hunting, boating and fishing in the mountains. He was a fun-loving guy, and a bit of a practical joker. John’s buddies would tell you that he had a flair for fish stories.
In 2002, John got reacquainted with his high school sweetheart, Trudy (Roepke) Giesing, and they married on July 5th of that year. After John’s retirement, he and Trudy moved back to California, first to Bishop, then finally settling in Ramona, in the back country of San Diego County. John was an avid golfer, and he loved puttering around in the garage, barbecuing with the family and playing with his grandchildren in the pool.
John is survived by his wife Trudy McMenamin; son and daughter-in-law McKay and Dana McMenamin and their children Maxwell and Elliot; stepson John Giesing; stepdaughter and son-in-law Heidi and Nahme Chokeir, and their son, Elias; stepson and daughter-in-law Lucas and Emily Giesing, and their children Hannah, Ben, Charlie, Sammy, Matthew, Joseph and pre-born #7; brothers Gerald and James McMenamin, and sisters Catherine Hansen and Rosalie Lovett.
John was predeceased by his parents, as well as siblings Joseph, Richard, Thomas and Mary McMenamin.
John served in the U.S. Army and in fire management at the Montana State Land Department. He was an engineer in the semiconductor industry for 20 years at Semitool in Kalispell, Montana.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 14th, at Santa Sophia Catholic Church in Spring Valley, California.
In lieu of flowers, consider making an honorary tribute donation to The Nature Conservancy.