A dentist, husband, father, son, brother and friend is remembered in this obituary in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
John was born in San Mateo, CA and grew up in Santa Cruz. He graduated with honors from Harbor High and UCSF, majoring in chemistry. He completed his education with a doctorate degree from UCSF School of Dentistry, where he met his wife to be, Len Vita. He had a very successful family dental practice in Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz for the past 21 years. His practice was characterized by a thoughtful, patient-centered approach to dental care popular with children, adults and seniors alike. John also enjoyed teaching dental hygiene at Cabrillo College.
John was a talented singer and musician. He had a James Taylor-quality to his voice which brought him invitations to sing at weddings and local social events. He took special pride in his involvement with Holy Cross music ministry where he was a parishioner, choir member and cantor.
John had an engaging, enthusiastic personality. He loved traveling with family and friends, playing high level tennis, downhill skiing, sushi and Mexican food. He has left an ever lasting impression as a dedicated professional, great friend, loving father, husband, brother and son.
John is survived by his wife, Len Newman; daughter, Lindsay; son, Mitchell; parents, John Sr. and Jean Newman, sisters Judy Newman Rakela and Jenny Newman Stockford, brother, Jeff Newman.
The recitation of the rosary will be held on Thursday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on May 9th at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church 126 High St Santa Cruz, Ca. The family would appreciate any donations be made to the John Newman Memorial Fund in care of Lighthouse Bank 111 Mission St. Santa Cruz, Ca 95060; 831-600-4018 to benefit the Holy Cross Music Ministry.