John S. Black was born to James and Jacqueline Black in Palo Alto, California on September 1, 1961. He grew up in Castro Valley, graduated from CSU Chico in Civil Engineering and excelled at artistic design working in San Leandro, Seattle, and in the Truckee/Tahoe Region. His love for outdoor adventures and natural beauty led his family to settle in Truckee where he designed two beautiful homes for his family that framed the breathtaking views of the Sierras. The outdoors always beckoned and hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, backcountry and downhill skiing, ice hockey, mountain climbing, kite boarding, river rafting, kayaking, snorkeling, fly fishing and tennis are among the activities he enjoyed with great energy and enthusiasm and shared with family and friends. A fierce lover of nature, art, travel, his dogs and most of all his family, our John lived his too short life to the fullest.
John was a devoted husband and playmate to Liz Black for 26 years. He was an irreplaceable father to their two amazing children, Ellie and Nathan who share the same passion for nature, travel, adventure and fun.
John was an intelligent, caring, loving man who inspired many with his quests for adventure. He was admired and well loved, a teacher not just to his own children, but to his many nieces and nephews and is greatly missed by all.
John died on January 31, 2014 at the age of 52. John is mourned by his wife Elizabeth daughter Ellie, son Nathan, mother Jacqueline, sisters Claudia and Wende, and his loving extended family and friends.
Everyone that shared John’s wonderful life is invited to a Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Painted Rock Lodge 5048 River Road, Tahoe City (Olympic Valley) from 1 to 4 p.m. If you’d like to bring food to share, it is welcome.
For those who want to contribute in John’s memory donations can be made to the John Seth Black Foundation at Bank of the West to support Ellie and Nathan’s college fund.