John Melendez Jr.

john melendez jr.

May 1, 1929 ~ August 8, 2021

Born in: Hayward, CA
Resided in: Fremont, CA

With sadness, love, and profound gratitude, the family of John Melendez, Jr., announce his passing at age 92, on August 8, 2021 at his home, in Fremont, CA.  John was born on May 1, 1929 to John, Sr. and Lucy (De Cambra) of Hayward, Ca.  Little Johnny of Hungry Town, not far from Starvation Flats grew up in Hayward with big dreams but with a bigger heart. John graduated  from Hayward High School in 1937, he was President of his Class.  After graduation he attended San Jose State University, he received a degree in Business Administration.  After graduating from college, he joined the Army.  John was recommended by his superiors to attend OCS, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. He enjoyed the army but when his daughter Linda was born he was discharged and returned to California. John became manager at the Pickle Plant, here he met John Baxter, who felt that John missed his vocation, he thought John should be a teacher.  John got his Emergency Teaching Credential and he became a teacher at Mission Valley Elementary School.  He found his true calling and loved teaching children of all ages.  Shortly after, he got his Administrative Credential and became Principal at Vallejo Mills Elementary, this is when he met Carmen.  They started dating, a few months later he proposed and finally Carmen said, yes. The following year they were married at her parent’s home in Puerto Rico on 8/31/76.  They were .happily married for 46 years.  John is survived by his wife, Carmen and their 5 children, Linda (Peter Deceased), John (Tracy), Pablo (Patty) Jessica and Christopher (Mary) along with their grandchildren and great grand grandchildren. During John’s last day on earth, he told Carmen, “I want you to tell the children, that they spoil us rotten!”  Carmen truly believes that John meant that the kids have been so good to him during his final weeks.


A memorial service will be held at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of The Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538. Funeral services will be on Friday August 27th at 12:30PM with a viewing that starts at 10:30 AM.



Funeral Service: August 27, 2021 12:30 pm - June 18, 2024 1:30 pm

Room: Garden Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


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  1. CandleHonoring a man who dedicated his life to his students, to his faculty, to his family and to his Niles California community at Vallejo Mills Elementary School.

  2. CandleMr. Melendez has and always will be a person and educator that I have looked up to and tried to emulate during the course of my own teaching career. I speak fondly of him quite often to my colleagues. I will forever hold wonderful memories of his years at Blacow. Love and sincere condolences to you Mrs. Melendez and your family.
    Pamela Saleen (Thomas)

  3. CandleMr Melendez was the best principal I ever knew. He loved the kids as if they were his own. I was blessed to have worked with him.

  4. CandleMr. Melendez interviewed and hired me to work as a Bilingual Paraeducator at Blacow Elementary. From day one, he was a supportive mentor. I was truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with and learn from such an inspiring educator and amazing person. Condolences and blessings to Carmen Melendez and family.

  5. CandleWith much gratitude to John Melendez for being a leader who deeply loved and cared for his family and school community. You and Carmen have lovingly touched the lives of our family and so many others in ways we cannot count. Bless you John on your way and sincere condolences to Carmen and family. ‘Tis a gift to be spoiled!

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