John Charles Talt
September 11, 1940 – December 7, 2020
John Talt passed away at his home in California City, on Monday, December 7th, 2020 at the age of 80. He was born to Elizabeth Parkinson Talt and John Lloyd Talt in Wilmington, DE on September 11th, 1940. As a young child, his parents relocated to their home state of California where John was raised and lived out his life.
John attended high school in Martinez and was on the basketball, baseball and football teams. He went to the UC Davis for several years studying animal husbandry, but ultimately dropped out to pursue an acting career. After meeting Margette Matteson in 1965 in San Francisco, they married and had a daughter, Meghan, in 1966. Moving to LA in the early 70’s, John became interested in computer sciences and went on to work for Security Pacific Bank installing computer systems before becoming an independent consultant.
John was a gregarious, fun-loving person who looked out for his fellow man. He was a free-spirit who loved animals, and enjoyed sports, sailing and travel.
John is survived by his close friends Beth Karp and Stephen Fredrico; his daughter, Meghan Elizabeth Talt; and his cousins Sally Pitts and Sue Warfield. He will be missed.
Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be offered to the family by signing the online guestbook at www.https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/lancaster-ca/john-talt-9950714.In leu of flowers the family requests donations to the California Animal Welfare Association (www.calanimals.org) or the Glendon Association (www.glendon.org).
John Charles Talt
January 15, 2021
Goodbye to an old friend. I have known John Talt since we were both 8-year olds at Martinez Elementary school. We first met on the playground when John was trying to protect someone smaller from a playground bully. That was John throughout the time I knew him for some 20 years. Always looking out for the underdog. In high school, we had many adventures together. We were both on the Alhambra High basketball team. One day in our senior year when we were bored with life in Martinez and uncertain about our college future, we went over to San Francisco and tried to get hired as stewards on the Matson Line ships that sailed the South Seas. We were told that we had to join a union that controlled such jobs. We returned to Martinez and carried on, both graduating from Alhambra High and then attending college. UC Berkeley for me, UC Davis for John.
Years later in the mid-60s, we met up again in the Haight Ashbury. I was attending SF State in Film and TV and John was launching his acting career in San Francisco. We spent many hours together hanging out at his apartment, just a few blocks from mine, and grooving on the counter culture scene that dominated the Haight. It was during this time I met Yvonne my wife to be and introduced her to John who at that time was married to Marge and had a baby daughter Megan. John took one look at Yvonne and later remarked, “Gee, Al. She’s gorgeous but looks like she would be expensive to maintain.” Not really. A few months later Yvonne and I were married. A year later we moved to the east coast where I had a job in TV news in Boston. And that was the last I saw of John until our 50th and 60th high school reunions in 2008 and in 2018. After a bit of chit-chat and comparing life stories, I realized it was the same old John caring and concerned especially when it came to pets and animals in general. Goodbye John. It’s been great knowing you.
December 19, 2020
So very sorry to learn of the sudden loss of John or, to me and my family, Chic. My heartfelt condolences to you Meghan, especially. Such happy memories of growing up with your dad and then, later, getting together with him when he was in the area to visit Auntie Jack. Unfailingly patient, kind, gracious and good-humored come to mind, all such admirable qualities. Three cheers to a life well-lived.
Best love, Sally
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Thomas Campbell
December 17, 2020
My cousin chic(john) was a very caring sensitive person. He was one of the people that helped me learn how to walk soy my aunt told me. He was
A fun loving person and pretty outgoing. A great athlete and good at ghost stories scaring me to death!! I will miss him so much but know he is in a better place now. Rest in peace my dear friend love you always and forever love suki