John Michael Zivec 1972 - 2013 John Michael Zivec, a Manhattan Beach native, passed away July 23, 2013. John was the youngest of three children born to Michael and Emma Zivec. John attended American Martyrs School, graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in 1990 and California State University at Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement in 1994. A childhood of playing soccer, surfing, baseball and skateboarding led to his pursuit of adventure as a young adult. In high school John was part of a mountaineering club where his love for rock climbing began. This lead to challenging adventures with friends in Yosemite, Zion, Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park and various other places. Growing up he enjoyed snow skiing with his family, which included many trips to Mammoth and helicopter skiing in Whistler. John's love for building began as a child tagging along with his Dad, Mike, mixing cement and carrying bricks for him. John took great pride in continuing what his Dad started by building quality custom homes in Manhattan Beach over the last 20 years. He enjoyed the time he spent working with his Dad, brother- in- law Ben, and sisters. In his own right, John was a well respected and loved man and builder in his community. John loved his family and friends, his dog Kiya, and made a point to spend time with everyone - playing soccer with his friends, going to LA Galaxy games, family gatherings and especially being with his nieces and nephews. John's giving spirit and faith in God was well known amongst family, friends, colleagues, teammates, neighbors, and clients. His legacy will not only be felt in the hearts of the family and friends he touched throughout his life, but in the homes he built that will be part of the South Bay landscape for decades to come. He is survived by his parents Michael and Emma Zivec; sisters Tina Hertlein and Veronica Corbett; brothers- in- law Michael Hertlein and Benjamin Corbett; nieces and nephews, Siena and Hailey Hertlein, Tanner, Kayla and Evan Corbett; and loyal companion Kiya. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to, The American Heart Association, and

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  1. John Zivic was a great man! I will miss him dearly and his sense of humor. i will always remember him as a great client and friend! Ive always enjoyed working with him! All of us at George Burgos construction will truly miss him. We send our prayers and our condolences to his family. We can only imagin what there feeling, and thoughts are with you! May John rest in peace.

  2. Dear John,
    I had a chance to meet you while you were building Mr Jenkins house , since the moment I met you I realized what a respectful,honest and hard worker you were, your sudden death has taken all my family and the ones who met you by surprise, I am sure GOD had a place for you reserved, you will be miss.

  3. Dear Zivec family,
    We were very sad to hear of Johns passing, he will be missed. I saw John grow up into the construction field, helping Mike on the jobs until he learned the trades and became a very capable and well respected contractor. He was always very level-headed and professional in his business dealings. Although his time was short here, it seems he had an interesting and happy life, full of adventure.
    Our thoughts are with the family…
    Carmen and John Phillips and the staff at DDS Plumbing Inc.

  4. Dear entire Zivec family,
    Chris and I were so sad and shocked to see John’s article in the local paper I was reading today. Our deepest sympathies to you all for your great loss. May all of your wonderful memories of him help you through this very difficult time.
    Karen and Chris

  5. My deepest condolescens to Mike Zivec, wife and family.
    John was a very talented constructor .
    It was my great pleasure to meet John during the construction of my house some few years ago and also working in new projects together…… I saw him as a son.

    My deepest condolences to you.

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