John was born in New York City, New York, to proud parents Michael and Caroline Altieri. He loved outdoor activities such as skiing, camping and playing with his nieces and nephews. He was confirmed in the Catholic church, became an alter boy, and went to catholic schools growing up. He graduated with a BS from National University. His work at Xerox led him to California. There he went to Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and gave his life to God and was baptized in the ocean. Soon after, he was hired at Wycliffe Bible Translators as manager of the Computer room where he met Jan who was the Supervisor. They were very involved in the Worship Community and participated in the recording of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa Worship Community album. It was his passion to sing and praise God. He was always reading and studying the bible.
Jan & John went through vigorous counseling with Pastor Romaine and were married by Pastor Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, April 30, 1983. After years of trying to have a child and 10 tries of IVF, in 1996, God blessed them with their miracle child, Jonathan. In 1999 they moved to Jan’s hometown in Idaho where they decided to spend the rest of their years.
John worked for HP and Albertsons in computer technology and storage and then worked for DXC consulting HP. He took care of data systems in many locations around the world. On New Years Eve, after 911, John voluntarily went to New York for 2 weeks and helped the workers, fire fighters and police who were uncovering the rubble. Jan called him just before midnight on Dec 31st and counted down the minutes to midnight over the phone. He repeated the count down to the workers so they could celebrate the New Year together. He was serving coffee to them as the wind chill factor was –4 degrees. He was the only one there serving as the other volunteers went to watch the ball drop.
John organized chess tournaments, along with friends, volunteers, and volunteer coaches from schools K thru 12th grade for over 10 years. The schools would have teams who would compete against each other and they would receive personal and school awards. He also brought in famous chess coaches, Bruce Pandolfini, David MacEnulty, and others, to advance the chess community’s skills.
John is survived by his wife Jan, son Jonathan, brother Joseph, sister Theresa, sister-in-law Mary Jean, nieces His brother said, “Even though we lived far away from each other, whenever Johnny would visit his family in New York, everyone was always excited to see him. We have our memories to keep his spirit alive in our hearts always”.
He is also survived by Jan’s family, Father and Mother-in-law Lou and Verna Lou, Sister and Brother-in-laws Carrie and Brad, Brett and Leslie, Jill and Ray and their families.
Every room was brighter with him in it and we are all going to miss his smile, laughter, jokes, friendship, care and concern.
He loved this nation and his God and was very much an American Patriot.
John has left this earth and has moved to Heaven to be with his Lord. His address has just changed.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 11:00 am with a visitation held one hour prior to the service at Bowman Funeral Parlor located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Garden City, Idaho 83714. There will also be a second service at Dry Creek Cemetery at 12:30 pm for people that wish to be outside at Dry Creek Cemetery to accommodate people for social distancing. Condolences maybe left at www.bowmanfuneral.com.
To watch the service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/601473697
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Roger Radford saysAugust 20, 2021 at 4:23 pm
Jan & Jonathan. Losing a loved one is so difficult. But as you stated, John has went home to heaven. You will see him again. Love to you both.
Marty Razzano saysAugust 30, 2021 at 5:59 pm
My first memory of John was when I was living in California. I was riding my bike along the beach and he was waxing his car. I noticed a license plate was from New York so I stopped to talk to him. Because I was from Albany. After talking with him I invited him to go to church. It was on a Sunday he put my bicycle in the back of his car drove me to my apartment and I said that’s my car. And he laughed I was driving a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle. Brown with a big dent in the rear engine Hood. After I took him to meet my my friends Marty and Leslie and they fell in love with him immediately. A short time later John and Jan started to come to their house on Friday night prayer and bible study everyone that came to their house fell in love with John. The one thing I loved about John was his prayer he prayed in such a way that made me feel he had a special kind of relationship with the Lord. He would talk to God like he was his friend. I have other memories of John the one thing I’m thankful for is God used me to bring him to Jesus and that is the greatest honor for me. I know one day I will see him again and I will miss him dearly.
Steve & Irene Barak & family saysAugust 25, 2021 at 1:43 pm
John was such a good guy and a wonderful family member. He will be missed.
Auntie Pat and my husband, Tim Jackson. saysAugust 25, 2021 at 1:55 pm
Hello from your Auntie Pat. What a terrible shock when we lost John! I didn’t see John and Jan very often but when we did, John was so happy to see me and greeted me with such a great hug and smile. What a loss to all that knew him but we know he is in a good place and most likely happy to see those that went before him. Oh he will be missed. God bless everyone that had the pleasure to spend time with him and I send out much love to my niece, Jan and I ask God to please keep a watch over her. Love you, Jan. Sending blessings from me and my family. the Johnsons, the Lowbers and Kamala.
Michael Coyle saysAugust 28, 2021 at 11:42 am
Farewell form one of the Gunther Avenue gang (Bronx)
Jan saysSeptember 6, 2021 at 2:58 pm
There are three ways to view the funeral;
on the Internet via a link with a password,
on Zoom via a link and password (non-interactively),
and by the recording that will be posted after the funeral on Bowman’s website bowmanfuneral.com so you can watch it at your convenience.
Click on the link below then…look just under the picture and press the tab that says ‘Service Details’… all the info is there including the address and times of the 2 services. The link below will get you directly to his page.
Please pass this around to the gang.
Thank you for all your love, prayers and support. It’s truly been needed.
Marty Razzano saysAugust 30, 2021 at 5:58 pm
Jan I want to offer my condolences to you as well. There are many memories that I have that we spent together as couples it was a joy being able to spend time with you both. I guess that one that is sticking out in my mind right now is Myrtle Beach he loved playing in the sand laughing out loud Jan I am so sorry for your loss and pray forgot to comfort you and to comfort your heart. Please no penny and I love you. May the Lord comfort you and bless you. All my love Marty
Pat (Tamburino) Dillon saysSeptember 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm
So sad to here that John is no longer with us. Even though it’s been years since our elementary school dating, I will never forget him. Thankful to have renewed our friendship long distance on Facebook with our 2017 50th SFR elementary school reunion. So happy he found his true love in his lovely wife, Jan and spent 38 wonderful years by her side. I know he will still be looking after her and his family from above. 😢
Laura A Rapsys saysSeptember 7, 2021 at 6:24 pm
Vid and I are so sorry for your loss. We are sending condolences to you and your family. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Laura (Ciardiello) and Vid Rapsys
Rita Taylor saysSeptember 8, 2021 at 8:23 am
Dearest Jan…..I am so very sorry for your loss…..this is probably one of the most difficult things we have to face in life………But we have such a great hope and blessing to be able to meet again in Heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ!!!! Nothing on this earth will ever change that…praise God!!! I love you and John so very much and I am keeping you in my prayers , especially during this very difficult time. With much Love and Sympathy…..Rita Taylor
Rita Taylor saysSeptember 8, 2021 at 8:36 am
Dearest Jan…..I am so very sorry for your loss….this is probably one of the most difficult thing in life that we will have to go thru….!! But praise God we will see each other again in Heaven!!! I love you both so very much and it is with my deepest sympathies that I send this… With much love, Rita
Stephen and Diane Bunton saysSeptember 8, 2021 at 1:22 pm
So sorry, Jan..John is so special and will be missed by so many. Even though we know he is with the Lord, our hearts still ache..May the Lord wrap His arms around you for comfort at this time..
John Damboragian saysSeptember 8, 2021 at 2:14 pm
John and I were friends thoughout our grammar school years at St. Frnacis of Rome in the Bronx.We woulld all hang out on Gunther avenue playing stick ball and other games thtat kids in the cty would play. He was alwasy a great guy and got along with everyone.Although we never stayed in touch over the years, when I heard of his passing I was truly saddened. I wish his wife and son the deepest sympathies and know for sure that your husband and father was a great man.
Rest in Peace, John
Thomas McGrath saysSeptember 10, 2021 at 1:45 pm
Rest in peace my friend.
Joe Forlini saysSeptember 11, 2021 at 3:22 pm
John and I knew each other growing up on Gunther ave in the Bronx. We had a lots of fun. Rest In Peace my good friend.
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