John Joseph Mika

John Joseph Mika

September 11, 1938 - March 17, 2015

John Joseph Mika

September 11, 1938 - March 17, 2015


John Joseph Mika Jr., 76, of Coto de Caza, CA passed away March 17th, 2015. He was born September 11, 1938 in Bethlehem, PA. He was the son of late Anna and John Joseph Mika Sr. He grew up as an only child and graduated from Bethlehem High School in 1956. He then entered the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 1956. While in high school, John was a member of the varsity Football, basketball and baseball team.

At the University of Pennsylvania, John received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and graduated in the class of 1960. He lettered in Varsity Football and baseball while at University of Pennsylvania. He was also a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He was also a part of the US Marine Corps PLC program.

After graduation, John married Patricia Mary Dunn on October 8th, 1960. John and Patricia moved from Philadelphia, PA to Richmond, VA where John worked for Getty Oil Company. After many years of hard work and dedication, John was promoted to an executive position as a Vice President. He worked for Getty Oil Company for 20 years and then worked for a new company in California called Santa Fe International. He worked for them as well for 20 years where he served as a Vice President. He later retired in Plano, TX at age 62.

John and Patricia later came back to California to be closer to their children, Judith Lafont and John Mika III and their 5 grandsons: Zachary and Alexander Taylor and Alec, Evan and Dean Mika. They were married for 55 years. In his retirement years, John enjoyed traveling, golfing, reading books, doing crossword puzzles, playing poker and watching his grandsons in high school plays and sports.

John was a devoted Catholic and went to mass every Sunday. He was a member of the Stephen Ministry. He will be missed by his family.

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3 responses to John Joseph Mika

  1. john mika says:

    When I think of my dad, I always think back to a gym or ball field and him coaching me. Lots of special times shared in little league and basketball. Miss ya pops

  2. S Sirbak says:

    Patsy, I was so sorry to hear about Jack. He was such a nice guy. I will keep him in my prayers. Your cousin, Susan

  3. D. Burns says:

    I worked under John while both of us were at Santa Fe International in Alhambra CA, What a great person, When all in-house services were let go, I was asked by John to stay aboard. I got to stay until Santa Fe sold the property. I will always hold John in the highest regard.

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