John Armin Weeks

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d. Jan 24, 2022

John Armin Weeks passed from this life on Jan. 24, 2022. He was born in Huntington Park, CA and although moved in childhood to Stockton, CA, he remained a So. Cal boy at heart. He truly felt that Disneyland was indeed his happiest place to ever be, and he never tired of it.

John excelled as a remarkably talented athlete, even having the adventure of a bus trip to Indiana as a young teen to play baseball in the Babe Ruth World Series. He continued with sports, being a star athlete in baseball and football in High School and playing baseball in college. Later in life, he passionately played city league softball and volleyball.

John studied early childhood education and development at UC Davis but went on to work in agriculture for many years, working in the processing tomato, sugar beet and wine industries. He was an avowed enophile and eventually had his own wine business, Semaines. He was always ready to share his wine discoveries and knowledge with friends and strangers, too.

John embraced a blended family. He married his first wife, Kitty Terry and instantly became a father to her two children, Raney and Colton from a previous marriage. He and Kitty had a daughter together, Vanesa. Although that marriage ended, the children remained present in his life. In 1989 he married Marika Pappagianis and together they had two children, Dashiell and Elexina. John embraced round two of children and was a very proud father.

John was gregarious and would start conversations with anyone, anywhere. People he met casually on vacations or in other places became instant friends. He made people feel like they had been friends for years. His mother and grandmother recounted how, as a young boy he would stand on the street corner and reach his hand out to shake hands with people passing by to introduce himself as “Johnny Weeks” and talk with them.

He loved to entertain with stories and conversations, which as an adult included many movie and cultural references as well as a hearty smattering of his rather extensive repertoire of colorful metaphors. He was very pleased to reconnect with former classmates after many years apart.

When he played baseball in Stockton for the California Mexican League, he was introduced as “Juan Semanas.” Marrying into a family with Greek heritage, he got a kick out of being introduced at Greek gatherings, as “Yiannis Evdomades.” He was lovingly called “Weeks” by his wife and many, many friends.

He was a defender of liberal causes, nonjudgmental and a supporter of the underdog.

His history would not be complete without mentioning that he was a diehard LA Dodger fan: he “bled Dodger Blue.” He loved to go to concerts and to listen to music. He was influenced as a child, by his grandfather “Fergie”, who sang in barbershop choirs. John sang in High School in Glee, and when cajoled into it, sang well. He loved myriad music styles, with his favorite leaning to what he referred to as “space music,” electronic groups – Tangerine Dream, Camel, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. As a music lover, he was also a fan of the Moody Blues, Sourdough Slim, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and so many other groups and individuals. He remembered concert play lists and band trivia like no other! He enjoyed documentaries, especially about animals and nature.

John was plagued in later life with severe back problems, Parkinson’s and other maladies that took their toll on him. So hard for a fit and athletic man. Although very compromised by these conditions, he continued to love and laugh in life.

John was preceded in death by his loving mother, the Rev. Elizabeth Ferguson, his grandparents and his mother-in-law, cribbage partner and friend, Alice.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marika Pappagianis; his first wife Kitty and her husband Larry (who John always appreciated for his role in the lives of the children); children Raney, Colton, Vanesa (husband David), Dashiell and Elexina; grandchildren Kevin, Rickson, Kris and Ace; sister Vicki, brother Doug, and their children; sister-in-law Michele; father-in-law Demosthenes; Uncle Charlie; dear friends Lynne, Stuart, Tom, Kathy, Bill, Dean, Marty and Marilou and so many more close friends, as well as his weber barbecue which he was never far from. Many friends will miss his smile, stories, and sense of humor.

Our thanks to the attentive nurses and entire medical team at Sutter Hospital in Sacramento Cardiac Care and Intensive Care Units.

In memory of John “Weeks,” please grab a glass of wine (or a soft serve ice cream cone) and watch one of his favorite movies: “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944), “The Philadelphia Story ”(1940), “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964), “Start the Revolution Without Me” (1970), “Young Frankenstein” (1974), “This is Spinal Tap” (1984), “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951), “The Thing From Another World” (1951) or “The Lady Vanishes” (1938).

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date and is sure to include good wine and selections of his favorite music.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Weeks family.

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