John Martin Conlon
February 5, 1955 – June 10, 2018
John Martin Conlon, age 63, of Bakersfield, California passed away on Sunday June 10, 2018. John was born February 5, 1955 in ca. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Misty Carsjens and Son Joey Conlon; grandson Bryson and granddaughter Kylee.
A cremation for John will be held Friday, June 29, 2018 at 12:00 AM. A celebration of life memorial service will occur Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hillcrestmemorial.com for the Conlon family.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary
9101 Kern Canyon Road
John Martin Conlon
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June 22, 2018
John spread happiness wherever he went, and with hardly any effort. I met him when I was in third grade, and to start he was simply my best friend's dad. I eventually started telling people I adopted him :) His company was contracted to set the concrete for a pool at my house, and he always had treats for my dog. She didn't forget him either- years later, I couldn't keep Diamond and she went to stay with Misty, which eventually became her staying with him. She was happy the second she saw him!
He was always happy to help, whatever help you asked for.
Anytime I was over at their house, it was generally the same routine and it was always one of joy. Scary movies, home made popcorn, and jam sessions! Breakfast always had "Conlon Potatoes" and dinner was Magoo's pizza (at the restaurant of course, with karaoke or no shortage of coins for the jukebox) or barbeque at the house.
As an adult, he came to see me working at the WinCo deli anytime he was shopping. I would look up and see him and say "Hello, PaPaaa!" All of my coworkers loved him, he was always so jovial and sweet. My coworkers saw a picture of him on Facebook and recognized him right away.
It was always awesome when he would come in and chat with us about anything; usually his garden, his workout, his church, and his music gigs. He was never negative or mean, always joyful. It was all he wanted, to share joy with the world. He did a pretty good job of being in this world for God in that sense. Love you, Papa. The world is a little darker without you, but it's still a brighter place than it was before you.
Bridgette Palmer Gonzales
June 21, 2018
John was my best friends Dad. But in time he would become a friend of mine as well! In fact, He was more like family! Something I wanted to share about John that I think tells a lot about the kind of person He was- was during the time we were living up the street from Him, my husband had been laid off work for a couple months. It was then, John knowing that we were going through hard times, that He would come and He would bring some kind of food for us about once a week! He didn’t have to do this, but He wanted to! It was also during this time that He took it upon himself to stock our entire pantry with groceries! I remember telling Him “Thank you so much, but you didn’t have to do all this!” And His response was “You’re family” and He left it at that! But above all the memories and good times we’ve shared, what I will always remember Him by, will be all the countless times spent in the comfort and love shared in the Conlon home. John was a man of true hospitality, and when you came to His home He always made sure that you left with a smile on your face, a song in your heart and a full belly! (Man...am I gonna miss those BBQ ribs!) Those times spent with Him, his wife Chris, and Misty and Joey, will be treasured forever! And when I think about Him, and the legacy He leaves behind, all I can truly think about Him, is the LOVE He shared! Especially for His family! His children were the pride and joy of His life and His wife Chris, was without a doubt, His one true love! He set such an amazing example of what TRUE LOVE looked like, especially when His wife became ill, and all those years He spent taking care of her! So selfless and loving. When I think of John now, I am reminded that when we Love, dont just say it our words only, but when we love, to love DEEP. That’s how John lived his life, he did everything in LOVE. And I will forever remember Him that way! Thanks for all the good times, the music, and all the Love. Rest In Peace, my friend. I will miss you!
Bridgette Palmer Gonzales
June 20, 2018
This is him with along with some of my family at the George Thorogood Concert! Definitely FUN TIMES!
June 19, 2018
There are so many good memories that it is hard to choose but my wedding day was such an amazing day and he made sure to make it perfect. He was the best dad and I could not have asked for more.
FROM THE FAMILY
John Conlon was born on February 5th, 1955. He was adopted along with his older sister Mary, by Martin and Veronica Conlon. He grew up in Oxnard CA, loving the beach. As a young child he loved building blocks and model airplanes. These are some of the things that helped him to become the creative and inventive person that we all know. His father Martin taught him the art of Judo and how to work hard.
As a teenager he was a free spirit, through this he found his love for music and taught himself the guitar. His teenage years were full of exploration, peace, and love. He was always looking to have a good time with good people. Some of the good people that he meet at his school, Hueneme High, were Sheri and Gina who would become friends for life.
As a young adult he moved to Bakersfield CA, where he put his love for building into good use by starting his career in construction, focusing on the swimming pool business. He would tell his kids how building pools and pool decks was an art form and was fulfilling. At the age of 31 he had his first child Destiny. By 33 he married his second wife Justine and had a second daughter Misty, followed by his first and only son Joey. Once he became a father his whole life changed. His hard work and dedication went into his kids. He wanted to make every moment special for his children including Holidays and vacations. By 39 he married his third wife Christina. They met at their favorite spot, Mountain Mikes pizza. For years, this is the place that John, Chris, Misty, and Joey would go to every weekend. Once or twice a month all four of them would travel to Oxnard Ca, to see his mother Veronica. The older he got, the more into music he would become; learning the congas, bongos, and harmonicas. These instruments would become a way of self expression for him.
In 2010 after 16 years of marriage, he lost his beloved wife Chris to lung cancer. Still living his life with peace and love in his heart he would become known as a generous, selfless, and loving man. He would donate his time at the local church to feed the homeless. On June 10, 2018 at the age of 63 he unexpectedly died in his home.
The world lost an extraordinary person, a loving father and grandfather. He will be forever missed by everyone, most of all his children and grandchildren.
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