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John Paul Eavenson
July 9, 1947-May 5, 2024
John Paul Eavenson obit

John Paul Eavenson, born on July 9, 1947, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on May 5th, 2024. 

   He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarance “Dan” and Virginia “Ginny” Kizell Eavenson and his brothers Ralph David Eavenson (Dave) and William Holt Eavenson (Bill).

   John is survived by his partner and wife of 24 years, Karin Beecher Eavenson, his daughters Sheila Eavenson-Edwards and her husband Scott, Teresa Eavenson James (Teri), Sharon Eavenson Williams (Shari) and her partner John, Carrie Grass and her husband Jeff, Michelle Powers, Elizabeth Sutton (Liz) and her husband Chad, and his son Ronnie Mills. Also surviving are Karin’s children Kelly Ward and Brent Beecher.  John is survived by a multitude of grandchildren, including Chrystin, Courtney, Kayla, Chandler, Summer, Robbie, Cameron, Garrett, Ashley, Megan, Darrin, Nathan, Katie, Max, Levi, Chloe, and Luke.  His brothers Charles Don Eavenson and his wife Susan, Patrick Dan Eavenson and his wife Patricia. His sister Virginia Sue Rodgers and her husband Rocky, and his sister-in-law Beverly Eavenson, who was married to his late brother Bill, as well as countless nieces and nephews who cherished him deeply.

   Born in Albuquerque, NM in 1947, John moved to Manteca, CA at the age of 2, where his father Dan started and operated Eavenson Construction Company in 1963 and Manteca Lumber in 1965. Eavenson Construction Company, still in operation, holds one of the longest continuous business licenses in California. John was a vital part of his family business until the 1980s when he founded his own construction company, “John Eavenson Construction Company,” building homes in Manteca and the surrounding areas, as well as in Copperopolis, CA, where he resided at the time. John Eavenson Construction Company remained in operation until his retirement in the early 2000s.

   John had a zest for life and an infectious laughter with an amazing sense of humor that brightened the lives of those around him.  His undeniable charm, paired with his striking good looks, led him to capture the hearts of many ladies, leaving behind a legacy of broken hearts as he journeyed through life.  He enjoyed spear fishing and diving for abalone, hunting elk in the Idaho mountains, and camping on the Mexican coast. John forged lasting friendships wherever he went, often engaging in mischievous adventures with his closest buddies, particularly in his youth, becoming somewhat of a legend in Manteca. He maintained many of these friendships throughout his life, relishing Wednesday meet-ups for drinks and dice games.  John will be deeply missed by family and friends alike. 

   In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral services at this time. His family plans to hold a celebration of life for close family and friends in the summer of 2024.

   For those who wish to honor John, please visit The Starlite Room in Manteca and order a Miller High Life and a shot of Crown.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Saturday, May 11, 2024