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Susan Peterson

John R. Heglin

July 14, 1950 - October 15, 2020

In celebration of John Heglin's life, we have provided a way, through "Gathering Us," for his family and friends to share recollections and photos of times spent with our playful and thoughtful dear friend, John.

OBITUARY
  The Heglin Family, via John’s sister, Ruth, has issued the following Obituary: John Ray Heglin was born to Rev. Raymond and Harriet Heglin on July 14, 1947 (although he always preferred to identify the birth year as 1950!)...  see more
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  • Sanjiv Bajaj
    I just found out about John's passing. John and I worked together at Aleks Istanbullu Architects about 15 years ago. He was the kindest, sweetest man, always willing to help, always with a big smile and with a great generosity of spirit. He always made...  more
  • Vincent Tipaldo
    It was a blessing to know John.
    John was caring, funny, vivacious and insightful. We always had great walks (that were also architectural tours, which I loved).
    His gift of friendship was so purely from the heart. Thank you my friend!
    Rest in peace and love...
  • Susan Peterson
    The Heglin family has asked that the following be shared as submitted by John’s sister, Ruth:

    Wanting to share sad news of our Mother, Harriet Heglin’s passing in the morning of Dec. 17th. She was 101 years young! Harriet had tested positive for...  more
  • Claire Gorfinkel
    Rest in Peace, Harriet Heglin. Today (12/17) I received a text from Mark, that Harried passed away this morning. She was 101. She led a long and good life; she was well loved and cared for by her family. Our hearts go out to all the siblings and...  more
  • Susan Peterson
    With very fond memories of time spent with John, his relatives, Dorothy & Rod Soderstrom and Robyn & Bob Nelson, have sent donations to be contributed to the fund of his choice: LA LGBT Center.
  • Coleen Deermer
    From our family reunion, Oct 2012
  • Coleen Deermer
    I recently found these drawings my Uncle John did while in college. He had such incredible talent!
  • Coleen Deermer
    My Uncle John loved sharing the culture of LA, the museums, the theater, the architecture, & the food. As a pre-teen & into my teen years, I would visit him for about a week during the summer. He always ensured I knew all about the sights of LA,...  more
  • Susan Peterson
    Susan Peterson added 2 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
    Lover of Travels
    John's Birthday, July 2013
  • Susan Peterson
    Susan Peterson added 5 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
    At home in our CT kitchen
    John meets Baby Adrian
    Jeff, Adrian, Ray and John @ Jeff's Beachwood home
    Theo with John, Santa Clarita
  • Susan Peterson
    As others have mentioned, travel was always an adventure for John. When he stayed with us, it was as if only days had passed; he had a way of being so comfortable with himself that it felt only natural to have his company again. During a visit to LA, when...  more
  • Susan Peterson
    Susan Peterson added 1 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
    Sunny Day in CT
  • Susan Peterson
    I appreciate reading the reflections of John’s friends…it’s delightful to learn about his life in the many years since we left LA. It is heartwarming to know about his hiking love, his biking enthusiasm and his close connections to the children of...  more
  • Jeff Cohen
    I miss John.....I called his cell phone last week just to hear his voice, I didn't leave a message....
  • Doug Moreland
    John had a radiant personality that brought people together from all his associations with work and play. In the late 70's he was involved with the Associate AIA group for young architects who were not yet licensed architects. John was active in the...  more
  • Linda Badal
    I met John in 1981, when I took a studio space downtown across the hall from him and his friend, Cheryl Brantner. By 1984-ish, he found a great space for the two of us in the former, custom-built studio of Los Angeles muralist, Einer Petersen. It was...  more
  • Greg Stone
    John helped me out when I needed help the most. In 1994, my partner was in his final months and had dementia, so he couldn't be left alone. I had someone who came in when I was working to stay with him, but had to be at home all other times. John came...  more
  • Susan Peterson
    Susan Peterson added 2 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
    John's Sister Ruth created this collage of his youth in the Midwest
    Ruth submitted this Family portrait collage
  • Susan Peterson
    Susan Peterson added 2 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
    Halloween was always a festive time!
    Our custom flower petals with the buzzy bees were unique indeed in their playful colors
  • Brenda Lowe
    John, could you find a kinder, deeper, more caring person than John. So, all the harder to have to say goodbye. I would call to check on him and 20 minutes later find we had been talking about me and my family because he would turn the tables to see...  more
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    John may be laughing at me for not being able to get the photos in the right location here. John and I had so many adventures together. We really met at my Aunt Lois's memorial service in SD. John's mom Harriet and my Aunt Lois's husband Bob were sister...  more
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  • Debbie Hoffmann
    Debbie Hoffmann added 3 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
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    • Debbie Hoffmann
      Debbie Hoffmann Three more pictures from that magical 2008 hike Claire and Lorna write about. One could not have asked for a more joyful hiking companion.
      • November 9, 2020
  • Susan Peterson
    Susan Peterson added 2 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
    The carefree days with friends!
  • Susan Peterson
    His resourceful nature was evident in one of our first outings (in 1976) to investigate for the City of LA a firestation that was slated to be demolished. When John saw a handsome, if well worn, wooden handrail that would have been the victim of the...  more
  • Claire Gorfinkel
    Claire Gorfinkel added 1 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
  • Claire Gorfinkel
    The photograph of John, Joe Franko and me, in the Sierras, wearing our “Friend” t-shirts (and I notice that Joe’s actually reads “fiend” which seems so appropriate) sits on my desk as I type, and as I zoom, and I find myself rubbing John’s...  more
  • California Opus
    From Lorna Cunkle:

    I first met John Heglin during the summer of 2008. A friend we have in common, Claire Gorfinkel, had organized a six-day hiking trip from Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows, over Donohue Pass. We all had a long history of hiking in the...  more
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    • California Opus
      Claire Gorfinkel That photo in the lower right-hand corner is John lying in a field of "Gay Penstemon."
      • November 9, 2020
  • Ray landy
    Ray landy added 3 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
  • Ray landy
    For many years, mountain biking somewhere in the LA hills every Sunday became almost a religious experience for John. It was his passion and somehow I got drafted into this passion of his for a good number of those years. Regardless of how he was...  more
  • Susan Peterson
    Susan Peterson added 2 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
    John enjoys the weekend sun at Jeff's Hollyridge deck
    Jeff's Beachwood Canyon home was a favorite place for us to meet, late '70's
  • Susan Peterson
    Upon my arrival in LA in the mid-seventies, I worked across a drafting desk from John and he graciously introduced me to his LA. In those days, we were part of a very active group of us young architects, enthusiastic about our chosen field! If we...  more
  • Susan Peterson
    Susan Peterson added 4 photo(s) to the memorial John R. Heglin:
    Jeff and Susan visit John
    Jeff and Ray with John in Playa Vista
    Jeff's was always a great place to gather for a summer holiday
    John's Birthday, 2013, at Doug's