John Clay Pelleriti passed away of heart failure on January 27, 2022, in Olympia, Washington, his home of 18 years. John was born April 16, 1942 to Frank L. and Charlotte A. (Michelsen) Pelleriti in San Francisco, California. He also lived in El Granada, California, for 36 years.
He graduated from San Francisco’s Riordan High School in 1960. John served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1964, and married Faye Parker in 1963 in Long Beach, California. Professionally, he worked at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco (1966-1986); Good Samaritan (1986-1991); and was the owner of an auto repair shop (1992-2001).
John had a great sense of humor, and loved jokes. When asked for his birthdate, he would answer, “April 16.” He would pause and someone would invariably ask, “What year?” His reply, “Every year.”
He also enjoyed volunteering, Boy Scouts Pack 255 leader, and coached baseball, soccer, Pop Warner, Sea Scouts, and HMB Police Reserves. He served on many committees with Senior Services and also with the Elks. In addition, he was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed watching old western movies, and spending time with family and friends
He is survived by his wife, Faye Pelleriti of Olympia; son, Jason Pelleriti of Pacifica, California; Cara Kness of South San Francisco; four grandchildren, Vance, Sierra and Giana Pelleriti and Khristal Barwick; two great-grandchildren Kaylee and Drew Barwick; brother, Phil Pelleriti of New Mexico; and sister, Pat Miller of Arizona. He was predeceased by his parents; son, Daniel Pelleriti; sister, Fran Borba; and brother, Rick Pelleriti.
CALIFORNIA SERVICES: A memorial service will be held May 23, 2022, 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Pillar Church,400 Church St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.
WASHINGTON SERVICES: A celebration of life will be held July 20, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Senior Services for South Sound, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA 98501.
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