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John Walter Makevich, Sr.
August 23, 1947 ~ October 9, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
John Walter Makevich Sr., a man of intelligence, kindness, and love, whose life was a testament to hard work, dedication, and the power of a loving family, passed away on October 9, 2023, in Costa Mesa, California. Born on August 23, 1947, in Lowell, Massachusetts, John's life captured the very essence of the American dream. John moved from Massachusetts to Southern California as an adolescent, a journey that would shape the course of his life. He graduated from Western High School in Anaheim with a desire to continue his learning and dedicate service to his country. This commitment to serve led him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, where he served his country honorably during the Vietnam War. As a Corporal within the 3rd Marines, 3rd Tank Battalion Charlie Company, John commanded a unit of three tanks in country, and saw much combat in his tour of duty. Upon his return, John showcased his resilience and thirst for knowledge by immediately returning to college thanks to the GI bill and furthering his education, earning a bachelors degree in mathematics from California State University, Fullerton, and exploring other academic interests in physics and ancient history along the way. Both his continued education as well as his military service helped to shape him into the intelligent and fiercely loyal man he was.
In 1980, John channeled his technical skills and entrepreneurial spirit into founding PROCOMP Services. For over 40 years, he successfully ran the business with dedication, vision, and leadership. This leadership combined with his strong character demonstrated his passion for helping others grow both personally and professionally, and ultimately to one of the longest lasting computer businesses in Orange County, CA. John enjoyed the relationships he had with employees and clients, seeing many of them as very good friends. And through his success in business, he was able to provide amazing opportunities to his family.
John's life was not defined by his accomplishments alone. His hobbies and passions added a vibrant color to his life's tapestry. Together with his loving wife Bonnie, both avid and accomplished poker players, their shared interests greatly strengthened their bond. John also found pleasure in working with his hands, with woodworking being a particular joy. These interests were a reflection of his personal creativity and were fueled by his desire to work hard and find tremendous pride in his accomplishments.
John was an immensely honorable and loyal man, traits that were evident in his relationships and endeavors. His loyalty extended to his family, his friends, his country, and his work. He was a man of his word, a trait that earned him respect and admiration from all who knew him. But more than anything else, family was at the heart of John's life. He was a loving and faithful husband to Bonnie, his wife of over 53 years, and truly centered his life around shared joy, comfort, and love. His sons, John along with his wife Cynthia, and Jason with his daughter Alexandra, John’s “favorite granddaughter”, were a source of immense pride and happiness. John was preceded in death by his brother David and is survived by his brother Danny and his sister Judy, along with many nieces and nephews.
John Walter Makevich Sr. was a man of many titles: devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather, successful entrepreneur, combat veteran, poker enthusiast, creative woodworker, and so many more. However, the titles that best describe him are loving, kind, intelligent, and loyal. John's legacy will continue to inspire, motivate, and encourage all who knew him, and will persist through his wife, children, and granddaughter. His life on Earth may have ended, but his spirit lives on. John lived a life of unyielding service to his loved ones, and all the love he provided to his family and friends will remain with us all forever.