John William O'Donnell

February 11, 1938February 6, 2019

John William O’Donnell passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 5:45 am, in Los Angeles, California. He was 80 years old.

John is survived by his loving wife, Martha (nee Morris); his daughter, Karen, and her husband, Mark Stein; his son. Nicholas. and his wife, Brenda Rose; and his grandchildren Madeleine, Nathan, Cale, and Ellis. He was predeceased by his sister, Anne O’Donnell, and his parents, Madeleine and Charles O’Donnell.

Family and friends will gather to remember and celebrate John’s life at a funeral mass on Saturday, February 23 at 11am at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community, 10750 Ohio Avenue, Los Angeles, California.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 22 from 12 noon to 2pm, with a blessing at 1pm, at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, California.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the following organizations in John’s memory: UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center ( and (California Common Cause (


22 February


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary


1218 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

A blessing will take place at 1:00pm
23 February

Funeral Service

11:00 am

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

10750 Ohio Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

The service concludes at church.

John William O'Donnell

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Craig Claiborne

February 16, 2019

There's too many...I just remember growing up with Nick and how John was always present when we'd come home from school. He always seemed to have a witty intelligent comment about whatever we were going on about. Riding with him in his car listening to The Beatles, Blues Brothers, pretty much whatever came on the radio...he was hip to it. The last time I got to spend time with him, even though I was in tears...he still managed to make me laugh..through everything. I'm grateful I got to tell him everything I wanted to say in case I didn't have the chance later. I've never met or been blessed to know such a brave man. I'm deeply heartbroken, he was and will always be an important father figure in my life. Completely at peace, and fearless to the end. God Bless you John...I love you...and Thank you.