Capt. John A. Block

December 13, 1934October 5, 2020
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Capt. John Arnold Block, 85, was born on December 13, 1934 and passed away on October 05, 2020, at his Jacksonville, Florida home.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Helen Austin Block, and his daughter Susan K. Block-O’Brien. He is survived by his grandson David Summerlin (wife Chelsea Summerlin) and his great grandchildren, Luke Summerlin, Emma Ellis, and Jameson Summerlin who fondly referred to him as “Papa.”

John graduated from Lake Forest College where he received his B.A. He then went on to Officers Candidate School to join the Navy. He was a Captain in the Navy for 30 years. He also worked for Maxwell House Coffee Company. John was a member of Unity of Jacksonville Beach Church where he met his significant other whom he dearly loved, Marlo Drake. He was a member of the York Rite Masons, consisting of Royal Arch Masons, the Council, and Knight’s Templar. He was also the Knight Masons, AMD, Sojourners, Hero’s of 76, and his blue lodge was Ribault Lodge as a master mason. John was also involved with the Morocco Shriners. John will be remembered for his smile and love of life. He enjoyed laughter, fine wines, and walks on the beach. He was a generous soul who loved everyone, was deeply loved, and will be missed.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 11, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, October 12, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, October 12, 2020


Capt. John A. Block

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Lynn Curtin

October 22, 2020

For John,

Heaven must be laughing now. The joy and kindness you brought wherever you went lifted us all. No matter if my day was made of sun or clouds, you made me laugh. As I've told you many times, you were the best hugger I ever knew and I'm already missing them. So until we meet again somewhere in this vast and beautiful universe, I'll be thinking of you whenever I gaze upon the stars or need a hug.

Marlo Drake

October 20, 2020

First, I want to thank John's family for their care of him in the last few weeks and days of his life. All took loving care of their Papa, from the youngest to the oldest. Last I heard, Jameson was playing hide and go seek with his Papa! We all loved Papa!

As for me, I will miss John's calming presence, acceptance of others, kindness and love of life. It was very fortunate I could spend the last nearly five years of his life together with him. He certainly made my life very bright in those days.

As for John's USN career and life, he not only help make this country safe in a crisis, but also made the world a much kinder and compassionate place to be--one individual at a time.

"To John:" May we meet again in the next Beyond--Perhaps we can get in one polka dance of two souls who loved each other very much in their later years.

Jessica and Bill Killen

October 12, 2020

We are so saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a kind gentleman who was a beloved member of our monthly trivia team. It was a joy to see him and Margo together. We will miss his sense of humor and intelligent and creative trivia answers. Farewell, dear friend.

Paula Fudge

October 10, 2020

To: David, Chelsea, & boys,
I share your deep sorrow and grief. Our families were close next-door neighbors for over 40 years - and it was an honor to be so close to your family. John was always such a good friend and neighbor - always willing to lend a helping hand. I always enjoyed our talks. John had a way of looking at life with a dry sense of humor. John will surely be missed - but never forgotten.

Paula & family

Zac Addison

October 9, 2020

We are so grateful to John for his loving presence and service to others, including his spiritual community. We pray for comfort and peace for John’s family and friends.

Thom Scoggins

October 7, 2020

John was a neighbor and close friend of mine, and will be truly missed. In total, many hours were spent talking with John, as he would drive by my home, when I would be in my front yard. He was always funny and jovial. Some of my favorite memories go back more than 25 years, when he would take his grandson David for walks, again they would always stop, and visit. John was one of the people I will always have good memories of. I regret that I didn't get to visit him just days before he passed, and I hope he will understand. He was a fighter to the end, and I know he and Helen are now together forever. Rest peacefully my friend, and know you will not be forgotten.

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