Lasting Memories

John Chaput
Dec. 2, 1946-Aug. 31, 2013
Menlo Park, California

The Man About Menlo, John Chaput, passed away peacefully at his childhood home in Menlo Park on Saturday night, August 31.

All who came in contact with him will remember him as a kind soul whose selflessness and sense of humor provided a special moment during the course of their day.

John grew up in Menlo, attending St. Raymond School, was the leader on his Seybold Realty Little League team as a rare left-handed catcher, attended Serra High School where he excelled in swimming and later, in water polo at College of San Mateo.

His outstanding command of the guitar and his talent for painting and drawing shined during these years.

He attended San Jose State, taking time out during his college years to spend nearly a year as an Amigos Anonymous volunteer in Mexico. It was a time in his life that would remain with him always, retaining a deep affection for the Mexican people, their culture Ö and, of course, their food! And that volunteer service was to follow him throughout his life as he gave of his time to a variety of organizations, like Rosener House, the Italian Catholic Federation, Serra Club/St. Patrickís Seminary and most recently, St. Raymond Church.

But where he did his best work was among the people of Menlo Park and Palo Alto. If you have lived here for any number of years, chances are you came across John and would remember him for his smile and kind greeting. His warm spirit will be greatly missed in this community.

He is survived by his mother, Rita Chaput; sisters Renee Zotter (Joe) and Michele Korn (Steve); brothers Steve and Nick; nephews Sean (Christina) and Rick Chaput, Ryan (Anna), Ross (Sophie) and Reed Korn and Steve (Pam) Zotter; nieces Chantal and Danielle Zotter and great nephew/niece Daniel and Aayla.

His life will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 13 at St. Raymondís Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park at 11 a.m.

From Margaret Maughan
Oct. 8, 2013

John was one of the most talented yet modest artists I have known. His pictures always stood out on the St. Raymond's School bulletin boards. He was a quiet and gentle boy and well liked by his classmates in the Class of 1961. R.I.P.

From Linda Green
Sept. 16, 2013

John's presence will be missed on Earth but Heaven gained a very special soul. Prayers and love

From Fred Kennel
Sept. 13, 2013

John was always very nice to us. He was engaging, friendly and interesting to talk to. He was ever so faithful in God. That faithfulness spilled over in his personality. He knew history and appreciated things that people made themselves. We'll miss John. Love, Fred & Deanna Kennel

From linda reyes
Sept. 12, 2013

To my Aunt Rita, I feel so sorry for your loss. I now live in Carmel and haven't been able to attend many of the family functions but I plan to be at the funeral. I miss seeing my true family, it is so good to finally get to know my roots. Lots of Love, Linda( aka Yvonne Cheri)

From JohnMercer
Sept. 12, 2013

Me and John were close buddies during grammar school! Sadly , like so many times, we kind of lost touch after that - me going to M-A after spending a short time at Serra! John was quite an athlete - someone to be looked up to! As I have heard this from many after relaying the news of his passing! I remember when trying out for Babe Ruth Baseball, I was deeply hoping I would be picked by the team "AIA" Why?? Because that was the team John was on! We would have been lasting teammates! Like I said, we slipped away from each other in the passing years! We did have an 8th Grade Reunion and everyone was so glad to see him! I, on occassion, would run into him in downtown Menlo - we would reminesce and laugh of shared experiences! He was a good person with a big heart!!!

From Mary Watson
Sept. 12, 2013

John and I crossed paths almost daily as I was on my usual trek through the neighborhood with my two standard poodles. We would stop and share a story, he would greet the dogs and usually say something that we both got a laugh out of. He had an amazing smile and looked great in his beret! Our neighborhood will really miss him.

From Jamie McClone
Sept. 11, 2013

Kind words on your lips and a smiling twinkle in your eyes. John, I will always cherish your kindness. I will fondly remember your guitar playing at family functions and what an incredible listener you were. I know you are now reunited with your loving father and will always remain in the hearts of your beautiful family.

From Kevin Kilty
Sept. 11, 2013

Fond memories of John, as does my mother who always mentioned when she had seen John walking in the neighborhood. The big smile and wave and always time to say hello and catch up. Have to share my last memory of John's humor: At the Oakland Coliseum for an A's vs. Giants game with the Chaput family, and the A's early lead slipping away in the late innings, watching the faltering A's bullpen, John asked the rhetorical question . . . "Are they really going to replace a pitcher named "Do Little" with one named "Ball Four?" We all had a good laugh at that one. Enjoy the rest John, we will miss you.

From Michele
Sept. 11, 2013

One of the many Bastille Day celebrations...

From Michele
Sept. 11, 2013

John & Gerard

From Sue Wagstaffe
Sept. 11, 2013

Dew evaporates.....and all the world is dew, So dear, so sweet, so fleeting.... John, your gentle presence will be greatly missed....

From Sue Barsamian
Sept. 11, 2013

For 20 years we enjoyed your presence in the neighborhood and your regular walks and friendly chats. We will really miss you!

From Michael Lussier
Sept. 11, 2013

As I remember John Chaput he was.....wait.... I can tell you only a few stories because this is public and I respect John and the memories . I went to St. Raymond's with John. A great athlete, he was left handed and I was right. Our 5th grade teacher was Sister Joan Mary. You will remember her as the principle of St. Raymond's when my two children went to the school in the late 70's. While John and I were attending grammar school at St. Ray's, the town of Menlo Park had a tradition at Halloween time of students painting scenes on merchant's windows downtown. It was a great time then. Well John and I were asked by the school to enter a painting. Now the tradition was to paint on the glass(window). But at this time in history, Menlo Park changed from painting on the windows in favor of painting on butcher paper and attaching the works to the windows. In order to make a short story longer, John and I started our painting on the floor of the 5th grade classroom . It was a great collaboration between us (he left handed, me right handed). Well we won a prize for our work. John , I will miss you.

From Gerard Bonneaud
Sept. 10, 2013

Repose en paix, John. You have given so much of kindness all around you! You have been a friend, a brother. Gerard Bonneaud from Paris, France your second country since that was the country of your father.