John R. Masterjohn
April 13, 1949  -  September 6, 2018

John R. Masterjohn

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando
1217 Trinity Woods Ln
Maitland, FL  32751
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando
1217 Trinity Woods Ln
Maitland, FL  32751
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell, FL  

John R. Masterjohn, 69 years old, from Leesburg Florida has fallen asleep on Thursday, September 6, 2018 and is now with Jesus. John was scuba diving as he has done many times before and he lost consciousness.
He was born to Charmaine and the late Ralph Masterjohn on April 13, 1949.John and Lydia Krantz were married in Los Angeles on September 2. 1971. John had a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, a Masters Degree in Education, and was a retired teacher of 31 years. John was a Purple Heart recipient and served in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. John was a pillar in his church family. He was part of the Parish Council and a friend to many. He was an instrument rated private pilot, certified scuba diver, a member of the Marine Corps League and Devil Dogs. John and Lydia spent their summers traveling in their RV with his grandsons, Mark and Alex.
John is survived by his wife, Lydia; children: Nina, Daniel, Stephanie, Andrew and Mary; grandchildren: Mark, Anneliese, Kirabella, Alexander, Corvan, and Paxley; siblings: Carol, Victor, Nicholas, Paul, Peter, Christine, and George; as well as many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many cherished family and friends.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday September 11, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando . Funeral Services will be on Wednesday September 12, 2018 at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando, 1217 Trinity Woods Lane, Maitland, Florida 32751. Interment will be at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida on Thursday September 13,2018 at 11:0 am .
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando Church Beautification Fund or Dive Warriors P.O. Box 69265
, Los Angeles, California 90069.

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
Thessalonians 4:13-14


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  1. Daniel Corcoran
    Cincinnati, OH

    You will be remembered by hosts of friends and Marines. It is a great pleasure to know you and serve with you. God is with you now and forever. Semper Fi

  2. larry reilly
    mount sinai, NY

    Just heard the shocking news from the Hesse family who bought your old home in Mt. Sinai. Sheila and I, as well as Jenn and Samantha send our heartfelt condolences. John was a very special person, and I'll never forget our many conversations on everything from theories on education to the Jet quarterback problems. They certainly "broke the mold" when John was born!

  3. Jim Wright
    Belfair, WA

    Lydia, I just found out that John passed. My sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. Semper Fidelis.

  4. Gary and Lynda MAKOSIEJ & family

    Lydia, Nina, Daniel, Andrew and families
    Thirty-five plus years of friendship, nursery school, and most of all SKIING memories. John was one truly loving and caring individual. Scott, John, Keith, and Catie have their own fond moments and memories of "Mr. Masterjohn" and he will be forever in ALL our hearts.

  5. Ruth Ann Giordano
    Asheville, NC

    Sending my Deepest Sympathies to Lydia, Nina, Daniel and Andrew....will always remember our Fun Ski Trips..(Wonderful Memories)❤️

  6. Jan Phelps
    Leesburg, FL

    Dear Lydia, My heart aches for you and your children. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at such a difficult time.

  7. Brian Korn
    Vista, CA

    My beloved uncle John. He is in Heaven now doing something amazing! He was a good hearted man and a good friend.

  8. Aron E. Griffin
    Shirley, MA

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Last couple years followed him on face book. Served with him in Vietnam with 3rd Battalion 4th Marines Mike Co. R.I.P. John.

  9. Richard Bell
    Jacksonville, NC

    John and I were both 3/4 Marines. Not in the same company in Vietnam. I think I met John in Savannah in 2007. I also talked to John about fighting the VA and he guided me through that mine field. Always ready to help a fellow Marine. John was the kind of guy who would help out anyone who needed or ask for help. He will be missed. A great guy and a great Marine!
    Lydia,Please accept our Deepest Condolences. Dick and Kittie Bell

  10. Chris & Katherine Giantsopoulos

    To Aunt Lydia, and family: Our deepest condolences. Eternal be his memory. [From Chris] I have known Uncle John for only a few years now. In my conversations with him at family functions, I was amazed at his unbelievable life experiences, his dedication to his wife, family and grandchildren, and his strong belief in God and country--I can't imagine what he went through in his life, but he seemed to have emerged as a "straight shooter" with so much love. We will miss him dearly. May God give all of you strength and courage to persevere with the memory of his love. Again, our deepest condolences--with all of our Love and prayers, Chris and Katherine Giantsopoulos

  11. Michele Gaffney
    Baiting Hollow, NY

    Rest in Peace John. It was a pleasure working with you for many years in Mt. Sinai. May God comfort your family during this time of sorrow.

  12. Jessica and Adriel Watts
    Dallas, TX

    We met John on a trip to China in 2017 and we are better people from having got to know him. He has left a lasting impact on us to live life to the fullest.

  13. Mark Schlueb
    Orlando, FL

    John was taken from us too soon, but we are better for having known him. I enjoyed getting to know John and his dry sense of humor on dive trips together. He'll be greatly missed.

  14. Reed and Marcia Newlin
    Leesburg, FL

    Lydia, you are in our prayers

  15. Dana Cassidy
    , FL

    John, youadenmade an impact on many lives. May you RIP and my Deepest Condolences to Lydia, Nina, Daniel and Andrew. Many many fond memories growing up in the neighborhood and also one of my teachers... Will Miss You.. Say Hello to My Parents xo RIP

  16. Hugh (liv) Liverman
    Sellersville, PA

    God Bless & RIP. John and I were wounded the same day in June 1968. John in Kilo Co. 3/4 myself in Mike Co. 3/4. Semper Fi Marine Brother.

  17. Alison Webster
    Albuquerque, NM

    I had the pleasure of diving with John and Lydia on three fabulous Caribbean vacations recently. John was a great dive buddy, very competent, and always up for the extra dive. We were on a night dive recently and saw the hugest turtle ever. We had so much fun underwater, and I think he is now in a place where he can forever swim with the turtles. RIP dive buddy, you will be missed very much.

  18. Stephen & Diane Gaydos Jr.
    Leesburg, FL

    All our pray's go out Lydia and the whole Family, we pray for you all and our hearts go out to you all.
    But as long as I new John he Loved you all very much but know he is in Gods & Jesus hands, John was one great Marine and he I'll be with all his very close brothers.
    Semper Fi R.I.P.

  19. Ken Christy
    Rock Hill, SC

    Fair winds and following seas, Marine. Peace and comfort to Lydia and family.

  20. Aris Harrelson
    Orlando, FL

    Dear Lydia and family,
    I am so very saddened to hear of John’s passing. What a wonderful person who dearly loved his family and church. He will be greatly missed. May his memory be eternal!

  21. Susan Cochran

    Rest in peace John! Enjoyed diving with you and Lydia on our local trips as well as Dominica and Roatan! You were a great diver and we will all miss you!

  22. Linda Sill
    Shoreham, NY

    Lydia, Nina, Danny, and Andrew,
    I'm so sorry for your family's loss. John was an amazing man and I was blessed to be able to work with him for many years. He was incredibly special and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rest in Peace, John.

  23. Jane Joeckel
    Brooksville, FL

    I only met John maybe twice, but I know him to be an awesome husband, father, and grandfather. He is truly loved and will be terribly missed by his family and friends. He will always be there for his family, especially Mark, Alex, and all his grandchildren watching over them as they grow and protecting them. My sincerest condolences to the family. Janie.

  24. Helen Christakos
    Orlando, FL

    My deepest sympathies to his entire family. John was an amazing man and will be missed by so many people whose lives he has touched. May his memory be eternal

  25. Mrs Sashan Sharp
    Rochdale, MA

    May your memory be eternal, and may you find rest.

  26. Dave Williams
    Shirley, NY

    Thoughts and Prayers are with Lydia and the family. RIP, Semper Fi Brother

  27. Chuck & OK Richardson

    John will be missed by many but never forgotten Semper Fi brother

  28. Lynn Jordan, R.N.
    Mount Sinai, NY

    John taught 6th grade in the Mount Sinai Middle School, he was a special presence. He touched the lives of many students in a very positive way. As the school nurse we had many fascinating discussions. I am thankful that he was happy in his retirement and he died doing something he loved. To the family I send my deepest sympathy. As you go through this difficult time try to remember all the great memories of your life with John. He will always be with you. Love, Lynn Jordan, R.N.

  29. Chaplain and Mrs Beach
    Seminole, FL

    Our privilege and blessing to know and admire John. Once a Marine ...

  30. Leroy Pacheco
    Corona, NM

    It was an honor to know you, brother.

  31. Renee Petrola
    Miller Place, NY

    The news about John's passing was shocking to hear. As a long-time colleague and friend I took the time to reflect on the genuineness of this man. His life was filled with love of family, dedication to the seeking of truth that existed around him, fine-tuning his passions for living, and learning new things about himself as a man, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was missed in the teaching community when he retired and he will be missed in the blessed, fun-filled life that embraced him and his family and friends. John was a generous man who welcomed all with open arms. I will miss the knowing of his new accomplishments and adventures, but I believe that he will always be surrounded by the love of many with the many memories and stories that will be shared. I feel honored to have worked with and known John, and I send to all his family prayers and loving light.

  32. Sharon Caruso
    Ocala, FL

    "to live in hearts we leave behind, is not to die." He was my colleague and my friend. The years in Mt Sinai were filled with laughter, fun and lots of good teaching. John was a big part of that. My heart is heavy. Deepest condolences to Lydia and her children and families.
    Sharon and Sal Caruso

  33. J. D. Spindler
    Robinson, IL

    K 3/4 1967/ 68 Semper fi and God Bless

  34. joseph dudas
    Coconut Creek, FL

    Rip Marine. Semper Fi

  35. Frank Plass
    Palm Harbor, FL

    May God's Grace be upon John and his family.

  36. Tricia Johnson
    Marlborough, CT

    Mr. Masterjohn was my sixth grade teacher. At my age of 46 he is still remembered as being one of the most kind and patient teachers I have had. He touched the lives of many. May he RIP ❤️

  37. James Leiter
    Orlando, FL

    John will be missed by his fellow divers.

  38. Michael Corbett
    Boynton Beach, FL

    Rest my 3/4 Brother, soon we'll again serve together....

  39. David W. Vanden Bosch
    Orlando, FL

    Love and Prayers for Lydia and family.

  40. Sara Delk

    I've had the pleasure of getting to know John and Lydia better this year, and I've never seen him smiling as much. He is someone who was still growing with life and loves his family. We will miss him.

  41. Lynda Cheros
    Sanford, FL

  42. Cynthia Bailey
    Hampden, MA

    My heartfelt condolences to all of John's family. May warm memories give you comfort and God's love bring you peace. I am so sorry for your loss.

  43. Tricia Holfelder
    Houston, TX

    A hero today and always a great loss for a wonderful friend! Nina. Stay strong. Tricia

  44. Richard Brush
    Midwest City, OK

    May he rest in peace

  45. Ken Tubman
    Napa, CA

    Demoed Fi R.I.P. from a brother in arms 3/4 H&S, Kaneohe,Hi

  46. Lyn Clar-Cancellieri
    Calabash, NC

    John was a dear friend and colleague. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man and an excellent teacher. I will truly miss seeing him on Facebook enjoying his family and beloved wife and grandchildren. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray that your faith will help you through this very sad time.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  47. Lyn Clar-Cancellieri
    Calabash, NC

    John was a dear friend and colleague. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man and an excellent teacher. I will truly miss seeing him on Facebook enjoying his family and beloved wife and grandchildren. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray that your faith will help you through this very sad time.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  48. Iman Hilal
    Winter Springs, FL

    May His Soul rest in piece. John is a special man and he will always be. I miss him so much. He is loved with so many people from our church. He had impacted many people lives there. May his memory be eternal.

  49. Susan wendel
    Leesburg, FL

    Oh Lydia, I am so sorry to hear about John! I know he and you always had a great time scuba diving. He will be missed by your wonderful big family and the church he served. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

  50. John P Bosch
    Scottsdale, AZ

    RIP in Peace John.

  51. Bill and Joyce Yarbrough
    Longwood, FL

    He will be sorely missed. We are all heartbroken.
    May his memory be eternal!

  52. Elena Kirastoulis
    Winter Park, FL

    I am so sorry to hear about John. He was a great man who loved his Church and was there to always help wherever needed.. He will be missed by his family and friends. I am so sorry for his loss. God bless and may his memory be eternal.🙏🙏🙏

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