John Raymond Fales
  • 41 years old
  • Date of birth:  May 20th, 1974
  • Place of birth:
    Los Gatos, California, United States
  • Date of passing:  January 4th, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    San Jose, California, United States
Father, Brother, Son, Friend - The BEST of all!

John leaves us way too soon to be with his Almighty Father, his birth father William John Fales and all the Fales’ preceding his death. John is survived by his daughter Caroline, son Nolan and their pets Derel and “Duuude”, mother Dolores, grandmother Rose, ten siblings: Carole Medica, Susan Sterner, Gary, Paul, Neil, Michael, Nancy Stenstrom, Matthew, Donna Hobson, Ray and their spouses as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

John grew up in Los Gatos and graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1992 and earned a Business degree from CSU Chico in 1996.

To know John was to know love and unwavering friendship. To see John was to be enveloped by his broad, unmistakable smile. John’s infectious laughter not only filled rooms, but also filled our souls.

A diligent provider, John leaves behind a legacy of deep and unconditional love for his children. Coaching their teams, driving them to practices, cheering from the side of the pool or baseball field, attending school concerts or plays, and sharing quiet moments together.

For all, time spent with John was a reminder of the immense joy that can be gleaned from the simplest pleasures in life. Although he excelled at his sales career, John believed his greatest wealth, his most important treasures, were his family and friends. John’s true business on Earth was kindness, humor, friendship, and generosity. John personified the lyrics of one of his all time favorites, Neil Diamond: “Money talks, but it don’t sing and dance and it don’t walk. As long as I can have you here with me, I’d much rather be, forever in blue jeans.”

John’s ability to maintain a youthful view of the world kept his sense of excitement alive and well. Nothing was too small to be celebrated. He relished life’s everyday moments and let no opportunity pass to say hello, give a high five or a big bear hug. Of all the places in the world, together was his favorite place to be. Together with his children, family or friends, making memories. John’s kindheartedness remained unaltered by life’s storms.

In 1986, John’s father was a recipient of a heart donation, which allowed him 8 more years with his family. Now, true to his giving nature, John has paid it forward, giving the ultimate gift of his organs, so the recipients, in the true spirit of John Fales, may laugh more, cheer louder, smile more broadly, and enjoy being together with those they cherish.


Services will be held on Monday, Jan. 11th at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Church in Los Gatos with a “Celebration of John’s Life” reception following at Los Gatos Lodge. 

Candle lit by  Paul Paolini  on January 8th, 2016

In life, the days are long but the years are short. John Fales remained the same person on our Little League team as he did in his entire life- the most supportive teammate, friend, father, brother, son. There are no words that can express the gravity of loss felt by his family and friends. I am only left with a smile in reflection of how he made me feel when I saw him. Thank you, John.

Candle lit by  Jay Crossland  on January 8th, 2016

I met John in 1996 and he got me my first job after college.  We sold software side by side and became close over that year.  We both shared our hopes and dreams for our lives to come.  I moved away but always stayed in touch.  If I needed to feel connected I just had to call him and we would pick up where we left off.  I will remember his sense of humor and his courage.  He would say he loved me and mean it.  I felt it and always replied but always wondered where he got the courage to share how he felt without reservation.  I plan to take that characteristic and share it with the world.  Gonna miss you Bucket!!

Candle lit by  Michael Champlin  on January 8th, 2016

John and I both connected thru softball and other life events over the last several years.  He was one of the most generous, friendly, out-going, caring, larger-than-life guys I've ever known.  He made you feel important no matter your age.  Plus, he was remarkably into the lives of his children and so proud of them.  The world TRULY lost an amazing person.  We'll miss you forever, John.

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