John William Perdue, Jr

john perdue, jr
John William Perdue Jr. passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on June 30, 2018 at the age of 83. In John’s own words€¦Born May 9, 1935 in Long Beach, Ca to John W. Perdue Sr., a career Navy man, and Ellen Virginia West, a Registered Nurse. In 1952, John was offered a baseball contract to play for the New York Yankees as a catcher, but declined it when he was drafted for the Korean War, where he served in Puerto Rico for two years. When he returned, he attended SDSU and worked 45 hrs a week at Dorman’s Tire, changing oil on trucks. He worked his way up to Vice President of the company in charge of operations, manufacturing, and sales. In 1972, the business was sold to Lucky Stores, who at that time was the third largest grocery store in the country. In January 1976, he had an opportunity to buy a Bandag retread plant in Northern California and he moved to Fremont with his wife, Gail, and brother in law, Brian Clarke. John started Perdue Tire and the business performed well, growing exponentially. The business was named “Classic Dealer” for all the United States in 1984, which was a tremendous award offered by Bandag. John sold the business in 1997 and unfortunately, it was never the same again. Bandag bought the assets of Perdue Tire and invited John to help rebuild the organization in Northern California. 4 years later, Bridgestone bought Bandag and invited John to work for their Tire Operations Division, GCR Tires & Service, as a Major Fleet Consultant. John spent 61 years in the tire business, working full time up until his passing. John was a member of Newark Rotary from 1977-1992. While serving as President, he started the 1st fundraising crab feed and helped raise enough money to buy the Jaws of Life for the Fire Dept. He served on the Washington Hospital Foundation, Ohlone College Foundation, and served as President of the Washington Township Men’s Club which was populated by over 400 men. In 1992, John was the founding member and President of the Fremont Rodent Society, where he remained President for 25 years. His proudest moment from all of his years of serving was helping to raise $500,000 for charity through this society. John resided in San Diego before moving to Fremont in 1976, where he lived for 19 years before moving to Pleasanton. He leaves behind his loving wife of 42 years, Gail Perdue. Also survived by his sister Shirley Miller, son Mike Perdue (Karen), daughter Natalie Acosta (Irwin), son Nicholas Perdue (Emilia), grandchildren Joshua, Dustin, Cody, Devon, Aiden, Kenzo, Isla, Clarke, J.R., and Mac, along with 5 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his daughter Karen Leo and son Tony Perdue. John loved to golf and still played racquetball 3 days a week. His friends frequently say he was a mentor to them. He lived his life with integrity and character, treating everyone he met with kindness and respect. John will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to know him. There will be a Celebration of Life for John on Saturday, August 4th at 4pm at Spin A Yarn Steakhouse in Fremont, Ca. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to an organization close to John’s heart, the Taylor Family Foundation (

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  1. John was truly a great man, he was someone I looked up to over the years. He will be missed deeply

  2. Had the great pleasure of meeting John and I’m much better off that our lives crossed. We really loved talking sports and John was well versed on many subjects. Miss You, Jeff Grmoja.

  3. JOHN PERDUE, There are some people in this world you wish could live forever, one being you. such a wonderful, considerate, good-heart of a man. I will never forget your kindness and beautiful smile and pleasant conversations running into you at the Spin A Yarn. Outside of your accomplished life, I will forever be grateful for the efforts you and others of the “Rodent Society” putting up a reward offering with the capture of the man who killed Ron Morris, showed compassion for what I and my family were going through. Rest In Peace and may you meet up with Ron in the heavens. God Bless and comfort your family and all of your friends.

  4. John was my neighbor. Every single morning I’d walk my dogs and he would be leaving the same time. John would always smile, wave, say hello & good morning. Rest in Peace John. Our condolences Gail and family.

  5. Our condolences to the entire Perdue family. Rest in Peace Mr. Perdue. My first office job at Perdue Tire on Enterprise Dr then on Central Ave. Loved driving those big trucks back and forth to the body shop! I will never forget that smile each time you walked in the office! Such a great man with so much class and personality and you will be surely missed. Always, Marlene and Evelyn

  6. John was my dad and mentor! I will miss him so much! Rest In Peace dad you will be greatly missed by so many! I’ll see you on the flip side!!!

  7. What a beautiful forfilling life! Mr Perdue was such a kind, thoughtful, loving, generous wonderful man who absolutely will be missed. I am sure he is up in heaven running all the tire businesses and playing a lot of Racquetball and no longer in any pain. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Perdue family. May your heart be filled with love remembering all the beautiful memories you have with him. Big hugs to you all.
    Monica Tseng ❤️❤️

  8. John was a business partner who became a great friend, and a man I admired. We were 35 years apart but he made us all feel like he was just one of the guys. He did not act his age he was a youthful sole. I miss you “Johnny”.

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