Obituary: John A. Diviak (Aug. 30, 1940 – April 7, 2013)

By Submitted April 22, 2013 05:54 pm

John A. Diviak
John A. Diviak
In fond and loving memory of John A. Diviak aka Jack or JD, 72 years young, passed away at home surrounded by his adoring family on Sunday, April 7, after fighting a long, courageous battle with lung cancer. Born and raised in Chicago, he was the son of John J. Diviak and mother Beatrice Paladino. John, as a young man, served his country in the Air Force, then worked as a metal spinner in Illinois for many arduous years to support his family. The Diviaks then moved to California for a better future, bought and ran a fish and chips restaurant for four years, then as a final career, John worked as a very honest and dedicated correctional officer, originating at Chino State Prison, ending at Pelican Bay State Prison. He showed great pride in his work.

John was a very loving and caring soul, always had a good thing to say about people. He enjoyed long walks with his wife along Lake Earl Drive. He loved the ocean, loved his family and church and most of all, through his wonderful sense of humor, he loved the simple pleasures in life by bringing a smile and laughter to anyone who crossed his path. John is greatly loved and missed by all of his family and friends who have had the pleasure of knowing such a very special, one-of-a-kind person. 

Per John’s wishes, there will be no service held for him. John chose to have his body donated to science to help encourage and live on in others, so “get my passport ready.” 

He leaves his very loving and devoted wife of 49-plus years, Hazel Mary Diviak; his three doting children: son Brian (Ann), daughter Julie, son Dave; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three very proud brothers: Dennis (Marty), Jerry (Joanne), Steve; all their children and families; half-siblings: Mitch (Ramona), Roger (Denise), John J., William (Anita), Darren, Maureen Tovar (Dennis).