4 July, 194112 July, 2021


July 4, 1941 -- July 12, 2021

John P. Massucco Jr of San Diego CA passed away peacefully July 12th, 2021, after a long illness. John was born to John and Pauline Massucco in Fresno, CA. He attended Saint Therese's Grammar School, San Joaquin Memorial High School (Class of 59), Fresno State, and University of San Diego Law School. John retired after 37 years with the San Diego County District Attorney's Office as Chief Deputy District Attorney. John was well known for his persistence, tenacity, and dedication to protecting the rights of victims of crime. John prosecuted all types of crimes including murders, sexual assaults, robbery, and fraud. He was known as an outstanding manger, leader, and friend. While serving under three District Attorneys, John distinguished himself in many ways, including serving as the President of the San Diego County DA's Association. Later, the Association recognized John with a Career Achievement Award and the Charles Nickel Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice. John formed and managed Nationally recognized Units for Juvenile Crime, Major Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Workers Comp Fraud, and an Auto Theft Task Force that was honored with the National Association of Counties Achievement Award for Distinguished and Innovative Contribution to Improving County Government in the United States. The Auto Theft Task Force was considered the best in California and a National Model by the FBI. John also was honored to receive the Public Service Award from the International Association of Special Investigation Units during a conference in New Mexico. In his spare time John enjoyed lifelong success as a Cattle Rancher. His true passion in life since the age of seven was the family culture and tradition of hunting. John was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his brother Harry Massucco and wife Janene, Nephew Harry Massucco Jr, Niece Lisa Debenedetto and husband Matt, great nephews Vincent and Lucca Debenedetto, cousins, longtime companion Patty Kiesner, and best friend and care giver Dominic Dugo. Private funeral services were held and a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. John set up a scholarship for law students at the University of San Diego School of Law. Donations can be made directly to the "John P. Massucco Jr. Endowment Scholarship Fund" at Condolences may be expressed at El Camino Memorial Services, Encinitas California


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Brian Michaels

20 July 2021

John Massucco was a man dedicated to doing the right things, in the right ways and for the right reasons. He was an excellent prosecutor and a good friend. Dominick Dugo was supervised by John Massucco at different times in the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. That professional relationship grew into a most dedicated friendship which led Dominick to protect and care for John several times a week for more than three years when John was unable to care for himself. That is the kind of honor and respect that John Massucco inspired. He will be missed by all who knew him well. Brian Michaels

Doug Gregg

19 July 2021

John was a good well-respected prosecutor - fair but tough. I first met him back in the 1970's. He was always someone you could go to in the office to run a case by for advice. Over time he shared many good stories not the least of which was his sitting on his front porch and dealing with coyotes. John served our community and criminal justice system well and with integrity. John -RIP.

Laura Akers

18 July 2021

I had the pleasure of working with John when I was a law clerk waiting for my bar results. We worked together on child molest cases, and I found his gruff personality endearing rather than concerning, although I did see him toss a waste can down the hall once when he was unhappy! When I was in my final interview for a prosecutor position after passing the bar, John banged on the door and said, "Hurry up and hire her! I need her in court!"

I will always treasure having known John and send my warmest regards and love to his friends and family.

Tee Roman

16 July 2021

I first met John in 1972 when he brought home a herd of sheep and released them to graze in his backyard. The children were elated!
John was innovative, kind hearted, adventuresome, dedicated to his work and someone I will be for ever grateful for the privilege of knowing. He exemplified the epitome of a nobel man.

My sincerest condolences to family and special friends of John Massucco.

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