September 24, 1933 - April 25, 2013
With his family at his side, loving husband, dear father, cherished friend, mentor and community leader died peacefully on Thursday, April 25th.
John graduated from University of California in 1956 and received his MBA from Stanford in 1958. He began his life long career in real estate at Hare Brewer and Kelley. Over the course of his distinguished career, he joined a broker partnership at California Lands Investment Company, served as manager and partner at Cornish & Carey Realtors, and Manager for both Coldwell Banker and Cashin Company.
John was always politically liberal: In 1964 when Proposition 14 (sponsored by the California Real Estate Association and endorsed by the Republican Assembly) briefly overturned the Rumsford Fair Housing Act, John openly opposed it and became an ardent supporter and member of the newly formed Mid-Peninsula Citizens for Fair Housing group. Over the years, John dedicated tremendous time, leadership and energy to real estate organizations. He served two terms as President of the Palo Alto Board of Realtors (1968 and 1994), as President of Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (1998), and as California Association of Realtors Region 9 Vice President (2000). In 2008 the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Association presented him with a life membership and an Emeritus designation for 50 years of service.
For many years, John was a soccer dad, active with AYSO, coaching various teams that his children played on. He championed all of his children. John always felt that his children were his greatest legacy.
He was a member of the Family Farm and the Palo Alto Club and often let it be known that a piece of perfectly prepared fish, a cold drink and dominoes with friends cured everything. John loved life, taking great pleasure in sitting around a table with family and friends, sharing good food and conversation. He had a big heart, was irreverent, bright, current and full of humor.
John is survived by his wife, Ginna, his former wife Joanne, and his children John, Jr. (daughter-in-law Darlene), Matthew, Katie and (son-in-law David Hawk), Claire, William and Jane; and by his five exceptional grandchildren, Megan, Rachael, Jackson, Henry and Madison. He is also survived by his brother Alan and beloved cousins.
The family requests that gifts and donations be made payable to Stanford Hospital and Clinics and may be sent to: Development Services, PO Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309. Please indicate “in memory of John Lazar - for Aging Adult Services, ZBAMQ” in an attached note. Rita Ghatak, PhD, Director of Aging Adult Services was our everything during these many years. We have deep gratitude for her constant and unending kindness and support throughout our journey.
Friends may send memories of John to 2151 Greenways Drive, Woodside, CA 94062.
A memorial service will be held at the Family Farm 1400 Portola Road, Woodside on May 28th at 2PM.