John R. Haddon John passed away at age 54 on January 19, 2012 after a terrible battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was born in Whittier in 1957. He moved with his family to Manhattan Beach in 1971, just in time to start as a freshman at Mira Costa High School. After receiving an education, and an MVP award in football, he graduated from Costa in 1975. He continued his education at El Camino Junior College, and then on to Brigham Young University in Utah. John worked for a year with the Redondo Beach Police Department, and then as a Police Officer for 6 years with LAPD. He then started a 25 year career with the U.S. Postal Service, before accepting an early retirement in 2009. The highlight of his Postal career was the friends he made and served on his route in the "Tree Section" of Manhattan Beach. His love of football continued after high school as the organizer of a large Fantasy Football league. John is survived by his parents, Elaen and John Haddon of Manhattan Beach, his wife Betty of El Segundo, his sister Chris of Redondo Beach, and his son John, and daughter Rachel, both of Lake Forest, California. In accordance with his wishes there will be no funeral services. A private gathering for family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to the ALS Association, PO Box 565, Agoura Hills, CA 91376, or to John's favorite Mormon Church in El Segundo. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a friend of my brothers Joe & Bill & John. he spent alot of time at our house many funny memories. My he rest in peace.

  2. I will never forget John! He delivered flowers to me in class at Costa for my 16th birthday that were from my brother Joe. Lots of other memories too. My prayers go out to his family.

  3. Chris and family. We sincerely offer our sympathy to you and hope that you know we are here to support you. Your brother will always remain in your hearts. Love, Maureen and Stan

  4. To John’s parents and family, My sister Chris and I spent some fun times back in the day with John, very funny and very kind and always a complete gentleman. I got reacquainted with John a few years ago as he became our friendly mailman at the office. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, God bless you with strength and peace in the days ahead.

  5. What does one say with only 1000 characters that can sum up a friendship that lasted almost 40 years. I think the phrase that would fit the best is simply put ” I WOULDN’T HAVE MISSED A SINGLE MINUTE OF IT, NOT FOR THE WHOLE WORLD”. In closing another thing about John that I’ll truly miss was his laugh. See you soon my brother. Nick Lesseos

  6. To John’s family, I met John in high school and had stayed in touch throughout the years. He was my Dad’s mailman in the tree section. My father suffered from Alzheimer’s and was house bound. My Dad always looked forward to John’s daily visit. John would hand deliver the mail through a window my Dad spent hours gazing out of. John was always so patient with my father and I loved him for that. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear that John passed away. I graduated with John from Mira Costa in ’75 and we would see each other from time to time over the years. On occasion he would work the postal route on my street. He always had a wave and a smile! I remember seeing him recently – 8 ? months ago when I ran into him working at a local store. He still had a great smile and asked how I was doing and how were my kids. May he rest in peace.

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