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Lakeshore Mortuary

1815 South Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ

OBITUARY

Jose "John" Juan Aldecoa

June 23, 1947July 19, 2020
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Jose (John) J. Aldecoa passed away on July 19, 2020. John honorably served in the US Airforce during Vietnam. In a life highlighted by work as a Safe installer and pilot instructor, John was most widely known as an active member of The American Legion since 1972, serving in a multitude of elected and appointed positions at the Post, department and national levels. He tirelessly promoted the principles and goals of The American Legion at all levels including the National Legislative Council for 20 years and the National Convention Commission and Advisory Board from 2007 to 2019 whereupon he was recently named Vice Chairman.

John served until retirement as the Adjutant, (Chief Operating Officer) of the 50,000 members of The American Legion of Arizona. He also served on the Arizona Boys State Board of Directors, Counselor and Administrator of this annual program of The American Legion, working with more than 300 students annually on the NAU campus. John served as a state commander for The American Legion honor society officially known as a Grande Chef de Gare of The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses, dedicated to support of student nursing and the treatment of leprosy.

John has been recognized by other Veterans and Veterans organizations and was inducted into the Arizona Veteran’s Hall of Fame. Others of his passions were his work/membership with the Arizona Boys and Girls Club.

John is survived by his loving wife Sylvia. Sons, John Aldecoa (Vanessa) and David Aldecoa (Diana), daughters, Michelle Christy and Evelyn Perez, Sister Hilda Pesqueira (Fernando), 12 grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his father, Carlos Miguel and mother Artemisa, brother Mike and sister Rosa.

John’s life will be celebrated at a handful of locations/times in order to manage during these days of misery. The service that will be streamed-live on social media can be found Friday, August 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM.

https://www.facebook.com/Lakeshore-Mortuary-169569929719830/

There will not be a viewing.

LIFE CELEBRATIONS

TUCSON, Sunday August 2, 2020 at Brother John’s Beer Bourbon & BBQ restaurant, 1801 N. Stone Ave, Tucson AZ 85705 (American Legion family at 1:00 PM – Personal family at 3:00 PM)

PHOENIX, Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:30 PM at American Legion Post 41, 715 S. 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Late August 2021 in Phoenix immediately before The American Legion National Convention in downtown Phoenix. Details to be published later.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a memoriam donation to Arizona Boys State Foundation. https://azboysstate.org/Contact/Donate or 4701 N. 19th Ave, Ste #200, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Services

7 August

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Lakeshore Mortuary

1815 South Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202

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Jose "John" Juan Aldecoa

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Juan & Rosy Godinez

August 6, 2020

Silvia, our hearthfelt consolence to you and your family for Chejuan’s passing. Tia Nena from Las Vegas also sends her blessings.

Freeda Warren

August 6, 2020

My condolence to Sylvia and family. I met John and Sylvia Thur Julie Rust and the American Legion. Enjoyed their company at National conventions and the trips they made to Wyoming. Their trip to visit me in Prescott AZ. was great. John was an awesome man he will be greatly missed. Keeping you in my prayers and loving thoughts.

Julie Rust

August 6, 2020

The four of us were great together!

Julie Rust

August 6, 2020

My dearest friend & buddy! 20 years of laughs & comrade. Travels around this country exploring convention sites, Legion post homes, LIT, Indy meetings: Hawaii, New Orleans, Minneapolis...
My visits to your home in Tempe and Green Valley you and Syliva’s hospitality and generosity. Our “post” hopping, golfing, cooking...your salsa! Meeting all your dear friends and family!
Your 2 trips to WY: Yellowstone, devils tower, many Legion post homes, snowstorm, many backroads to see 5 states!
I will miss you my friend! I feel the emptiness now and will fill it with all the find memories of our friendship! I so thankful to have had you in my life!

Dr. & Mrs. Pat & Sylvia Marsh

July 28, 2020

We are so shocked and saddened by your sudden departure. We know God had a seat waiting for you at His Garden and you have now rejoined all of our loved ones that have gone before us. You will remain in our memories with love, pride and gratitude for the great life lived on this earth. You have earned your wings and the strife is over.
May you Rest In Peace our beloved Cousin Chejuan ♥️🙏🕊

Jo Anne Zapata

July 28, 2020

May you rest in peace, Johnny. So good to have known you and Sylvia. Comfort and strength during this time.

Tony Salaz

July 26, 2020

RIP MY FRIEND

Pete Amador

July 23, 2020

My condolences to Sylvia and the family. It was and remains an honor to have known John and have him and Sylvia as wonderful friends. I along with my family will miss John as will his many friends. May you rest in peace my Amigo. We shall see each other again with the Lords Blessing.

Art & Diana Brest

July 22, 2020

It was a pleasure seeing John at veteran events and meetings and dinners. He was an amazing man

Stacy Riebold

July 22, 2020

My heart goes out to Sylvia and the whole family. John was such an amazing man and I'm glad to have known him. Hank always had a good time with John at the Legion and now they can carry on in the Post Everlasting. God bless.
Stacy Riebold.

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