Robert E. Evans Funeral Home

16000 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD


John Matthew Istvan, Jr. "Santa"

August 5, 1952August 20, 2019

John Matthew Istvan Jr, aka Johnnie, to some as Jailer but by most as Santa. Born on August 5, 1952 in Charles County, MD. He passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He is preceded in death by his father John M, Istvan Sr. (1974) of Hughesville, MD and his mother Francis C. Reintzell (2016) of Exmore, Va. John leaves behind his wife, Lisa K. Pratt-Istvan. He is also survived by his Sister Bonnie and two brothers Frankie and Ronnie, his children Tonya, Robert, Jeannie, Michael and Joseph, His grandchildren Heather, Kristen, Jacqui, Ani, Troy, William, Robert, Joseph, Sean, Ashlyn, Avery, Aryn, Liam, Kadence, Zoe and Emma and 3 great-grandchildren. John served in the Army from 1971-1979 and after being honorably discharged from the Army, he went to work Pepco for 19 years. Then went to work for Coach and Courier till shortly before his death. He was an active member in the Elks Lodge (B.P.O.E) and the American Legion. John found great joy in being Santa during the holidays for various groups and charities. John would always say he found his greatest enjoyment in making children smile. Services for John will be held at the Glen Burnie Elks Lodge at 878 Stevenson Rd, Severn MD at 1p.m. on August 31, 2019.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 31, 2019


John Matthew Istvan, Jr. "Santa"

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Docksiders Gymnastics

August 27, 2019

We met Santa 4 years ago when he started to welcome all 2400 Gymnasts to the Christmas on the Chesapeake Annual Gymnastics Meet held at the Baltimore Convention Center. He worked tirelessly for 3 days a year to put joyful smiles on Gymnasts, Coaches, and Fans. He was helpful in collecting Toys for Tots and generally was one of the nicest people ever. We treasured him and his love of Christmas.

We want to thank him from all of us as he will be dearly missed.

Maryland Gymnastics Parents Association