It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to John Giacomazzi. On 1-27-24 he died in Oregon of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) surrounded by the love of family and friends. Born on February 17, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada John was 43.
His family moved to Fallon Nevada when he was an infant. John graduated from Churchill County High School in 1999. He continued his education at Southern Oregon University where he received a degree in Psychology. After college, he spent 10 years teaching English as a foreign language in Seoul, Korea. He coached snowboarding teams in Portland, Oregon, and South Korea and prepared athletes for the Olympics.
John grew up skiing at Diamond Peak at Lake Tahoe and his passion for snowboarding would follow him throughout his life. He was a world traveler going to New Zealand, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico, and Korea. John followed the snow, wintering in Colorado and Australia.
Even as ALS robbed John of his movement and body control, he spent his last few years writing, hosting video diaries, and sharing his incredible gift for gratefulness. He is the author of an inspirational autobiography entitled “A Peacock’s Gotta Fly- Never Lose Your Smile”.
John was a friend to everyone and beloved by all who knew him. Family, friends, and fans will miss his loving presence. To quote John, “Live life for the people you care about that can no longer live theirs.” In honor and remembrance of John, as he would say, "Think of three things for which you are grateful for".
John is survived by Michael, Claire, and Mneme Brown, Stepsisters, Nieces, and numerous cousins, friends, and fans.