10/26/1964 - 05/07/2020
Service Date: 05/10/2020
Service Time: 11 AM PST
Service Location: www.bighelperzoom.com
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297

John Eugene Severance passed away May 7, 2020, in Gilbert Arizona from complications due to cancer. John was born in Westminster California in October 1964 to Donna & John. The eldest of four children he was an energetic brother and many times the life of the party.

Growing up in California he could often be found at the beach surfing, skateboarding, or in the desert riding motorcycles and dune buggies. He loved the outdoors and being active. After school, he had many jobs but mostly worked in the family business of flooring installation. He worked with his father for many years and also his son. He was a baker, mechanic, tow truck driver, construction worker, painter, gas station attendant, and pretty much anything that would allow him to smoke & talk to people. He met his wife Leeshia in 1981 and they married the same year. They were married 19 years divorced for a time and then married again. She was the true love of his life and his best friend.

A kid at heart he loved to watch cartoons with his children and grandchildren while eating a mixing bowl full of cereal. He loved the good stuff with lots of sugar and would never be found without a Diet Coke in hand. His hobbies included working on cars and tinkering for hours in the garage. He would tinker on anything but mostly loved to work on cars and always had a project car that he was “fixing up”. He loved all kinds of music rap, country, and rock and roll. His love of music meant that he had to have a thumping stereo and was perpetually working on his sound system. You could hear him coming from a mile away. Less known hobbies included cooking, drawing, and gardening. He was friendly and knew everyone on the block and even at the gas station. He loved animals and adopted many stray animals. When diagnosed with cancer he refused to lay and wait for death to come for him. His last year was spent doing the things he loved and making memories with his family. He could often be seen coming home from chemo treatments on his Harley. He was survived by his Wife, Mother, Father, Sister, two Brothers, four children, and seventeen grandchildren. He will be cremated and laid to rest at the Gilbert Memorial Park. Thank you to all that donated to his funeral costs. A virtual interactive memorial service will take place Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:00 am PST. Participants can join at www.bighelperzoom.com


  • John your one in a million. I will miss our conversations about cars and bikes and thoroughly enjoyed sharing our mutual love of tinkering and wrenching on vehicles. Throughout the years we had many conversations and I always enjoyed our chats. With John you could stand around and talk for hours and it seemed like only minutes passed. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Patty Boocher

    I am so sorry for your loss Leeshia love you!! ?❤️???

  • John and family, what a wonderful blessing it has been to know you and be a part of your beautiful family. God keep you till we all meet again.

  • Carolyn Woodward

    John was a loving Husband, Father, Grandpa, and a good Friend to everyone. He will be missed! Our hearts go out to his family? along with our prayers??

    John will be missed

  • Barbara K Lujan

    It was a joy to see his smiling face in pictures. It was obvious he loved his family dearly. I will miss you Uncle John, and always cherish the time I got to know you growing up. Fly high Uncle! You will be dearly missed.

  • Vicki Lasswell

    Leeshia so sorry to hear about John. You are blessed to have family around .. love you!



  • Tracy and Jose Caneira

    We are so sorry to hear about your fathers passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and we will keep you in our prayers.

  • Robert Purcell

    Running into Dan and Leeshia yesterday at the restaurant in St. George was an amazing blessing. So sorry to hear about John’s passing. I have thought about you many times since you moved north. So happy to see you again. Love from our family and the Bloomington 5th Ward.

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