JOHN WESLEY KILLEN January 9, 1955 - August 23, 2017 John Killen passed away at age 62, just after a great eclipse darkened the earth. His light has left us much too soon. His special sense of humor that brightened any room, will be missed. John was born on the US Air Force base in Weisbaden, Germany, and he grew up in Las Vegas Nevada. He graduated from USC and his passion for the built environment resulted in a 43-year career in architecture. Another passion was for his surfer girl, Peggy Johnson, his wife of 23 years. A fellow architect, Peggy shared John’s love of fine design, and together they explored cities around the world, raced airplanes, and loved fast cars. John’s most recent adventure was restoring his beloved 1963 Porsche 356B. John is survived by the Keller Family in Las Vegas, and the Johnson Family in Los Angeles including Peggy, Chris and JoAnn Johnson, Katie and David Sprague and the other loves of his life Riley and Shea Sprague, his nephew and niece. When asked "Who’s the Best?" they will say, as he taught them, "Uncle John." And yes, he truly was. A Mass in celebration of John's life is at American Martyrs Church, 10:30AM, Friday September 1st. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Diabetes Association.

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  1. We have so many fond memories of John…. we’ll miss his kindness and his wonderful stories and wit. BBQs on Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day won’t be the same without him. Our prayers and love to Peggy and the rest of the family. Love and hugs, Ann, Rod, Christine, and Will Kuhns

  2. John was such a lovely companion to Peggy at social events! Soft spoken but witty, his occasionally subversive commentary will be missed at Trivia Night. Take some comfort in the wonderful memories he created with us in his too-short life.

  3. John was always a pleasure to be around as he had an interesting perspective on life that made you wonder, think and laugh. We hope his wonderful spirit and memory will comfort you always. Our thoughts are with you. Lots of love.

  4. John, you were one of the most intellectual and kind souls we’ve ever know. Your energy was contagious and you will be deeply missed. Rest in peace…….

  5. John was a valued colleague and mentor while working at Cal State Long Beach. His sense of humor and wry wit encouraged me to look at things differently – like all designers should. He lives on in the lives he touched.

  6. I learned of this only moments ago. A streaking image of all the good times we shared together ran through my head. John was the kind of guy anyone would want to work with: funny, well-traveled, intelligent and great at his job. Your posse misses you here at CSULB!

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