John Francis O’Brien

John Francis O’Brien

January 04, 1936 - February 04, 2021
San Juan Capistrano California

John Francis O’Brien

January 04, 1936 - February 04, 2021
San Juan Capistrano California


O’Brien, John F.  (Jack)
Jan 4 1936 – Feb 4 2021

It is with great sadness we share that on Feb 4, 2021, Jack , 85, passed away peacefully.

He was surrounded by his devoted wife, Helene; his adoring children, Lori & Susan; his beloved grandchildren, Kelsey & Ryan; and his wonderful sons-in-law, Richard & Robert.

Jack flew the KC-135 Air Refueling tanker as a Captain in the Air Force, and followed that with a 30 year career as a Pilot for American Airlines, mostly as a Captain on the DC-10. After a  brief retirement, he spent almost 7 years instructing in the flight simulator for the Boeing Aircraft Company.

His was a life well lived, and full of love. Jack will be greatly missed by all, and will live forever in our hearts.

Rest In Peace My Love.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated … thank you.


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24 responses to John Francis O’Brien

  1. Ron Restelli says:

    So many good memories. The dinners, Laker games, the Track, Las Vegas, and friends for so many years. Rest in peace with the Angel’s, and say hi to Carol for me. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.

    Ron Restelli

  2. Early on, Jack and I attended Fordham Prep and Fordham College located in New York (8 years together). These were premium Jesuit schools. During our summer break we headed to Ocean City, New Jersey and found employment. Jack was a taxi driver and I was training as short order cook at a high end restaurant named Hogate’s. Our career goals were about the same (finance) except Jack took the easy route which was decided for him based on his ROTC commitment. I put on a suit and tie and joined IBM as a staff accountant. Many years past with limited contact with each other except when Jack and Helene came back to New York to visit family and friends. Jack would attend the Fordham Prep Annual Reunion for the class of 1953. This meant a lot to Jack to visit his high school buddies including myself. Recently my wife Donna and I flew out to Las Vegas to have a get together with the O’Brien’s. While I hate to admit it the wives were winners and Jack and I were losers. However, from a social standpoint we were all winners.

    God bless you Jack and hopefully Helene will recover from her loss. I know your daughters will help her through. Pray for all of us and we will meet again. You have been a great friend.


    John and Donna Murphy

  3. Jack and I were on the same course when we were hired by American Airlines in 1966. Thirty some years of flying out of Los Angeles , lots of fond memories of good times on layovers and after retirement, great fun at our monthly luncheons with the.”Silver Stripes.” I will miss you, Jack, a great pilot and a true friend.

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