Dr. Jean Barnhart Jost died February 26, 2011, at her home in Redondo Beach, California. She was 88 years young. She will be remembered for her generosity, kindness, loving heart, tenacity, and ambition. Jean was often called by her nickname, Pat. She was born in Michigan in 1922 and was raised in Korea through high school, where her parents were YMCA missionaries. She returned to the United States and pursued modeling. Later she met her husband, Harlan Jost, who was in the military in World War II. They were married in January of 1946. Jean balanced her career with raising three children. Jean and Harlan adopted their fourth child from Korea in the 1970’s. Jean’s welcoming spirit meant that her home was always open to friends and family. Jean had her own modeling business and worked with Continental Airlines teaching flight attendants grace and poise. She returned to school in order to fulfill a promise to her deceased father. She earned her Bachelors, Masters, and finally her PhD. She practiced with her Doctorate as a Marriage and Family Therapist from the mid 1970’s until June of 2010. She was also a published writer, and wrote a column for the Daily Breeze. Jean is survived by her four children: Randy Jost and his wife Mary, of Arroyo Grande, CA; Candace Miller and her husband Tom, of Playa del Rey, CA; Barry Jost and his wife Karen, of Redondo Beach, CA; Sister Mary Jacob (Li Kuen Soon) of Tehachapi, CA; four grand children; three step-grand children; and three great grand children. Federico Fellini said, “Everything is a miracle. We just have to recognize it.” I believe at the heart of the matter, that this is what Jean Jost was trying to share with everyone she met. She shared her belief that positivity is a powerful tool in the building of one’s life. Her arms reached to embrace others for support and companionship. She brought out the best in so many she met on her journey through this life. She has sprouted wings and flown from us, but the joyous spirit she spread, like light from a sunset, lingers on as an evening glow, as the lights of each star comes forth in the night. A Visitation and Gathering will be on March 17, 2011 at Rice Mortuary, in Torrance, CA; between 4:00 and 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Amnesty International, or the Hospice associated with Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, CA.

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  1. Jean was a wonderful women, from the first day we met in Colorado back in 1981 my wife (charlotte) and I had the pleasure of spending a few fun and exciting days with her and still to this day is one of our favorite memories. Thank you Jean and Bless you on your new journey we love you.

  2. We share in your loss but celebrate in Pat’s coming to the lord. Pat was an incredible person, always positive and loving. She was always fun to be around and always had nice things to say. Pat was a very classy lady and carried herself with great confidence and love for others, she was a giver for sure, we could always learn from her. We will miss her and pray for her. I know she is looking down on us with Harlan and Anthony, god bless Pat!!!

  3. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. I know how special Pat was and I will always remember how happy and beautiful she was at Sierra’s Wedding. We love you all. God Bless.

  4. It was such an honor to meet Jean and a pleasure to be around her. She was such an interesting person and always showed how caring she was of others. Good bye for now.

  5. What an amazing woman! We are both so happy to have met Pat and gleaned a bit of wisdom from our visits with her in her beautiful home. Pat’s memory lives on through her wonderful family who we are proud to call our friends. Much love, John and Denise

  6. One thousand characters aren’t nearly enough for me to express my endless gratitude for the 10 years of good counsel Jean shared with me. I hadn’t seen her since 2006, and I learned of her illness only this February while attending Mass at St. Lawrence in Redondo Beach. Although I was certainly saddened by the news , I felt privileged to be able to tell Jean before she passed away how grateful I’ve been — and how grateful I’ll always be — for the invaluable insights she’d shared with me for so long. I did so in a letter full of thanks and well-deserved praise, and sent it to her four days before she passed. I was quite happy to have learned that she read it. I’m sure she’s up there wishing my wife and me well, as she always did — with her ever-present grace, charm and candor. Nancy and I will miss you, dear Jean. And I will always appreciate your wonderful guidance, so generously given whenever I visited you. I’ll think of you not just fondly, but lovingly and often. Goodbye, dear friend. Goodbye, my dear Jean … until we meet again, you are ever in my heart.

  7. Goodbye Auntie Patty. Be comfortable and at peace. I will dearly miss knowing that you are in this world. You were and always will be one of the greatest people I had the honor to have known, much less been able to call family. So perfectly loving and caring, your generosity of compassion for others and your ability to connect with those around you was a gift to everyone you touched. When you were with us, you enriched every one of us. When you left us, you left behind more love than most people experience in a lifetime. I love you more than my mere words can express, but I know that a part of you will live on in me forever. Thank you Patty. Thank you for being you. Thank you for your smiles. Thank you for your love. Goodbye.

  8. Randy Candy Barry .Sorry to hear of your Mothers passing She will be truly missed by all who she came in contact with

  9. Dear Jost Family, Brad & I send our love and prayers to you and extend our deepest symphathy. Love Carole & Brad Schilz

  10. Sincere condolences to the Jost family on Jean’s passing. While she may have been 88 years by the calendar, she was incredibly young in so many ways. She truly was a renaissance woman, in both her views and her actions. Her openness and positive attitude were incredible. Jean was a wonderful influence on my life and contributed greatly to the growth and success of my business. My family and I have many fond memories of her and of her wonderful stories. Her influence will live on for many years to come.

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