Remembering John Picinich, 1949-2021

Family and friends are remembering John Picinich, and sharing this with the community:

John Picinich, 71, a longtime resident of West Seattle who retired to Las Vegas, passed away on February 23, 2021.

He was born December 19, 1949 in Tacoma to John and Johanna Picinich. He found the love of his life at the age of 20 in West Seattle, when he married Carol Ewing.

John attended West Seattle High School.He went on to become a marine pipefitter and commercial fisherman. John was a member of Local 32 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union and worked at various shipyards in Seattle for many years. He fished for salmon in Alaska and the San Juans. and was the co-owner of the F/V Joanna.

John loved spending time with his family and friends and preparing Croatian dishes for them. He was known for his sense of humor and love of music.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol; his sons Jason, Jeff (Moran), and Cameron Picinich. His nine grandchildren: Jacob, Nicole, Molly, Madeline, Maya, Macey, Lily, Julian, and Jamesin, all of who brought him great happiness. He is also survived by his sister Joanne (Mike) Holmes, brother Dave (Wendy) Picinich, and many nieces and nephews.

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10 Replies to "Remembering John Picinich, 1949-2021"

  • AN March 5, 2021 (9:35 am)

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts are with Carol and the family.The Newquist

  • Larry Giese March 5, 2021 (3:31 pm)

    John was a bigger than life type of guy who spoke the truth and was always a friend. My thoughts are with Carol and the family during this time. May you all have peace.

  • Joe Nokes March 5, 2021 (3:35 pm)

    Carol, Johnny (cuz) will be missed. Good man and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Joe Nokes

  • Jim Payne March 5, 2021 (4:10 pm)

    I Worked with John for 10 years at Marco Shipyard, and for a few more at FOSS MARITIME. He was a joy to work with. Always joking and always cheerful. I have never had more fun working with anyone throughout the course of my career. He brought smiles and laughter to so many people. I will cherish those memories and never forget him. Rest In Peace John

  • Danny McMillin March 5, 2021 (4:53 pm)

    John was a wonderful man, husband, and father. I had a lot of fun coaching his kids in West Seattle Junior football. We won a city championship with John’s son Jason, who helped clear the way for a victory. It was so much fun having the Picinich family there to help celebrate that wonderful season of football.Danny McMillin

  • Debbie and Dennis Bailey March 5, 2021 (5:02 pm)

    We are very sadden on your loss of John. Our deepest sympathy on your loss…

  • Cvita Matwa March 5, 2021 (6:47 pm)

    John had a great sense of humor and a heart of gold. He will be missed. I’m sorry I never got to meet him in person, but I still considered him my friend.  R.I.P John. My condolences to the family. 

  • Michael Petrish March 5, 2021 (7:07 pm)

    BOG I MI!  Jednog dana, cemo opet slavimo Boga, budimo veseli i zdravi bili.  

  • Lori Sherman March 5, 2021 (7:27 pm)

     Carol, I will surely miss him but always will have good memories. Love his wit and humor and his love of all things Croatian. Great memories of all the football games. So glad he loved the Lord and is in a peaceful happy place. Much love. Lori Sherman (aka one of the Hobson girls) 

    • Marija Picinic-Lizzi March 6, 2021 (8:44 am)

      We are so sorry hear the sad news here in New Jersey for the loss of one of our own Croatian. May John rest in Peace.

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