John Emerson Gleason, 26, of Santa Margarita passed away on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.
John (Johnny) was born in July of 1987 in Templeton and lived in Atascadero where he attended Monterey Road Elementary, Atascadero Junior High and Atascadero High School. His last 13 years he lived in Santa Margarita and attended Cuesta College, graduating with two associate’s degrees in transfer studies. He was involved in band, 4-H, and football and while in FFA he was the treasurer for two years. He restored two tractors in the JB Dewar Tractor Restoration Competition at the California Mid-State Fair, and attended the FFA competition in Indiana where he placed second in the nation. He was also active in many outings with his family and friends including fishing, hiking, horseback riding, traveling, and camping.
Johnny, a lifelong Catholic, attended Saint William’s Parish in Atascadero where he was an altar server, as well as Santa Margarita De Cortona, and San Luis Mission where he was involved with the young adult group. Johnny was a gentle and caring person who always had a smile on his face and was well liked by everyone who knew him.
Johnny is survived by his parents John and Karen Gleason of Santa Margarita, his brother Nathan Gleason of Santa Margarita, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Gene E. Gleason and maternal grandparents Bob and Mary Hoyt, all of Atascadero.
There will be visitation on Friday, August 16th at the Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Santa Margarita De Cortona Catholic Church, 22515 H Street in Santa Margarita, along with a burial following immediately at the Atascadero Cemetery. A celebration of life gathering will be held throughout the day after services at the Gleason residence in Santa Margarita. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity in Johnny’s name.For the complete article see the 08-16-2013 issue.
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