John Richard Peacock Sr.
”1939 - 2023”

    John Richard Peacock Sr.

    Our Memories Build a Special Bridge
    When loved ones have to part
    To help us feel were with them still
    And soothe a grieving heart
    They span the years and warm our lives
    Preserving ties that bind
    Our memories build a special bridge
    And bring us peace of mind
      Emily Mathews

      John Richard Peacock Sr.
      20 Mar 1939 - 16 Mar 2023
      San Diego, San Diego County, Ca
      John Richard Peacock Sr. graduated to Heaven on Thursday, March 16, 2023, passing peacefully at his home in San Diego, California. John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly J. Peacock, their children, Julie L. Peacock of San Diego, California; John Richard Peacock Jr. of Seattle, Washington; Terri L. (Peacock) Huntsman (Marquis) of La Mesa, California; and, granddaughters, Grace J. Huntsman, and Allison L. Huntsman, of La Mesa, California.
      John Richard was born March 20, 1939, in Wyandotte, Oklahoma to his late father, Elmer Thomas Peacock, and late mother, Georgia Faye (Lewis) Peacock. He has two sisters: the late Patricia (Peacock) Chambers of Wellston, OK, and Beverly (Peacock) Arnold of Miami, OK. He has four nieces and nephews: the late Mark Chambers of Wellston, OK, Trisha Chambers of Oklahoma City, OK, Christopher Arnold of Grove, OK, and Aimee (Arnold) McMain of Miami, OK. John and his family are members of the Seneca Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma.
      John was a Wyandotte Bear graduating from Wyandotte Public Schools in 1957 as class Valedictorian, playing basketball and football, and playing trumpet in the marching band.
      John later became a Cowboy of Oklahoma State University, playing basketball on a scholarship, and majoring in Natural Science. Upon graduation, instead of pursuing teaching, John joined the U.S. Navy and became an aviator, attending flight school in Pensacola, Florida, serving as a Flight Instructor in Meridian, Mississippi, and flying A-4 attack jets out of Lemoore Naval Air Station in California. He flew with Squadron VA-153 (Blue Tail Flies) from aboard the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Coral Sea and U.S.S. Kitty Hawk.
      John was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. Following his Navy career, John went on to fly passenger jets for United Airlines and retired as Captain in 1998. John married his wife, Beverly, in December 1962, in Meridian, Mississippi. They moved to Beeville, Texas as newlyweds for John to continue flight school, and then he was ordered to Lemoore Naval Air Station in California where their first child, daughter Julie, was born.
      Soon after, they moved to Chula Vista, California before the Navy sent them back to Meridian, MS (Beverly's hometown), where their second child, son John Jr., was born. Following, John exited the Navy as Commander, joined United Airlines, and moved the family to Hackettstown, New Jersey, where their third child, daughter Terri, was born. John moved the family back to San Diego, CA in 1971, remaining a resident of San Diego going on 52 years.
      John loved the outdoors, and with his family, loved to camp, off-road, backpack and snow ski. He also liked to play golf, ride his bike, and jog, staying physically fit and active for many of his years. He and his son, John, did Boy Scouts and Little League together, and he enjoyed Charger games and outings with their circle of good friends. He loved his dogs, the last being sweet and loyal Bailey, who passed away in December 2022.
      The family will have John interred at Miramar National Cemetery later this year. We thank the many who have reached out to offer their condolences and share their stories about John, our husband, dad, and grandfather.

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