John Raphael Pullen

7 August, 19284 April, 2020

Born on August 7, 1928 in Oakland, California Died on April 4, 2020 in San Diego, California

Licensed Psychologist, Director of the Anxiety Treatment Program CHAANGE©, World War II Veteran, Member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church run by the Jesuit Fathers, Member of the Chula Vista Rotary Club, Fisherman, Loving Husband, Father & Grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dolores, his son, Charles, his daughter, Marisa, and his four grandchildren, Josh, Jacob, Jeremy, and Karenna

John was an honest, loving and loyal man who was loved and well-respected by the Church and Chula Vista Rotary Club community. As a licensed psychologist and trainer, he touched the lives of thousands of peoples across the world through his gentle approach to mental health. He served in the Marines at the end of World War Two. He earned a Ph.D in Psychology. He traveled across the world, training professionals in the field. After a long life of accomplishments and self-determination, he departed from this world on the 4th of April, 2020 and he will be missed, loved and cherished by all who knew him, especially his family.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be no services until further notice. His ashes are to be interned at the Miramar National Cemetery.

We thank all of you who have sent us letters and expressed your condolences.


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wendy warren

11 August 2020

I hope I never forget the first time I heard John Pullen's calm, sonorous voice, assuring me that not only was agorophobia a treatable condition, but one from which I would emerge stronger, happier, more peaceful than ever. To me, John always sounded as if he wore a gentle smile. His spiritual life, the love he had for his family and his abiding belief that healing is possible informed his practice and was inspirational. He was, and always will be, an invaluable part of my healing journey.

Enjoy heaven, Dr. Pullen, and thank you.

Sid & Lana Ely

17 May 2020

We are saddened by the loss of John and pass on our condolences to Delores and family. We were friends of John and Delores for over 10 years having lived in the Condo above them at the Park LaPlaya Condo Complex in San Diego overlooking San Diego Bay and Shelter Island Harbor. They loved sitting out on their balcony enjoying the spectacular view.

We will always remember the many times we were invited to dine with them in their Condo or at some of their favorite restaurants. And running into John in the parking garage while he changed the oil in his car and sharing a lively convrsation.

Rest in peace John,

Sid & Lana Ely

Jerry May

16 April 2020

It was a lovely evening in 1991 in Mexico City when we were attending the Rotary Convention, that John invited us to dinner with a friend of his. Turns out the friend was a big shot, so much so that when we entered the restaurant, folks finished their meal right away to clear a table for us. Judy, Dolores, John and I were treated like royalty. We will never forget John's quiet, positive, humble demeanor. His is a model for us all to follow.

Charles Bevan

15 April 2020

John was a fellow Rotarian in Chula Vista. He was the kindest man I ever knew. He always greeted me with warmth and a bright smile. As John began to have more trouble getting around, wonderful Dolores would bring him to our meetings and then pick him up. They were a lovely couple. I will miss John.
Chuck and Marilyn Bevan

Ramon Moncada

15 April 2020

So sorry to hear of John passing away, every year when the weather got warm, John and I would show up at Rotary wearing Guayaberas, I will miss hin a lot, great man. Ramon

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