John Joseph Phippen
Oct. 25, 1960 - Oct. 2, 2017
Father, best friend, business owner, weekend warrior and one stubborn Irishman that got called home too soon. John was born on October 25, 1960, in Hempstead, N.Y., but moved to Southern California when he was 9. He attended Taft High School and the L.A. Trade College, ultimately making his home in Santa Clarita.
After building his own business, John enjoyed traveling with his family to the sand dunes of Glamis, piloting a pontoon boat on Lake Havasu, and 4-wheeling the hills of Southern California.
John could fix and/or build anything and his business, JP Specialities, was well known in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas for doing just that. Because of his trade and friendly personality, John was a stranger to no man and was known to enjoy the company of his friends, family and the friendly passerby.
John was a very loving man who is survived by his mother Katherine Ernst; children, Luke, Amanda, Nathan, Travis, Carina and Aliyah; grandchildren Keira and Andrew; brother Robert, sister Debra, brother William (Julia) and other family, friends, and co-workers. His kindness touched people day-in and day-out, and he will be dearly missed forever.
A rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017, at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Santa Clarita, followed by a funeral mass and celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Red Cross.