A celebration of the life of John Chaput, who died Aug. 31 at his childhood home in Menlo Park, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at St. Raymond's Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. He was 66.
He grew up in Menlo Park, attended St. Raymond School, was the leader on his Seybold Realty Little League team as a rare left-handed catcher, and attended Serra High School, where he excelled in swimming and later, in water polo at the College of San Mateo.
His command of the guitar and his talent for painting and drawing shone during these years, the family says.
He attended San Jose State, taking time out to spend nearly a year as an Amigos Anonymous volunteer in Mexico. That dedication to volunteer service was to follow him as he gave time to organizations such as Rosener House, the Italian Catholic Federation, Serra Club/St. Patrick's Seminary and most recently, St. Raymond Church.
"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," the family says.
He is survived by his mother, Rita Chaput; sisters Renee Zotter and Michele Korn; brothers Steve and Nick; and several nephews and nieces.