Tuesday, October 28, 2008


John H. Mockett Obituary

The obituary finally runs today in the Monterey Peninsula Herald. Text and photo are reprinted below. You can sign the guestbook here if you like.

Carmel--John Hilliker Mockett, 69, passed away June 8th at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, California. His wife Kazuko, daughter Marie and brother Paul were at his side. John was born in Mill Valley, California on September 30, 1938. He spent his formative years in Kimball, Nebraska after the family moved when he was seven years old to run the family wheat farm. Ever the intrepid traveler, he visited Libya, Greece, Western Europe, the Balkans, Japan and beyond, where he carefully photographed locals and artifacts; later he would compile his photos into slideshows he loved to share with friends and family.

An accomplished musician, John played piano, violin and French horn. During his military service, he serenaded the Kennedys in Washington DC. In college, he frequently played the lead in theater productions, including “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “The Glass Menagerie”; he performed in MPC’s production of Sam Shepherd’s “Buried Child.” A lover of all the arts, his particular interest in opera sent him to Vienna, Austria where he met his future wife, Kazuko, on a chance encounter in the standing room section at the Vienna Opera House. At six foot two, John was substantially taller than the petite Japanese woman and he gallantly offered her a place in front of him so she could see. A romance was born, with the two initially speaking in German to communicate—the only language they had in common at the time. After marriage, the couple moved to Carmel, California, which would be their home for the next 40 years.

A connoisseur of art and antiques, John became adept at art restoration and repair, frequently fixing objects for his friends. He used his skill at handiwork to build half of the family home himself, to design and craft his daughter's childhood dollhouse and mend her violin, and to invent and install an invisible cat door. A farmer by training, John's green thumb was always evident in the orchids he raised and shared with the local Orchid Society and in the lush garden he landscaped and tended carefully with his family. Neighbors were often offered apples, berries, and vegetables. Despite childhood dyslexia, John was a dedicated reader and his wide-ranging intellectual curiosity filled the Mockett house with books on Jungian psychology, archeology, biographies of the founding fathers, physics, computer programming, and other subjects. His creativity extended to business; John developed several real estate properties in Carmel, and pioneered cost-cutting and environmentally friendly techniques on the family wheat farm, which he ran with his brother, Paul.

A gentle and intuitive man of great integrity, John is tremendously missed by family and friends. He is irreplaceable. John is survived by his wife Kazuko H. Mockett, and their daughter Marie Mutsuki Mockett, a writer, who is married to Gordon A. Drummond, originally of Broughty Ferry, Scotland. A private memorial service has already been held at the Mockett home. In lieu of donations, the family asks that mourners support the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States, the candidate John enthusiastically endorsed.

you look so much like him.
Yeah, the chin, nose and wide forehead have all asserted themselves. I have my mother's smile, which I think is nice. But my eyes are more his than people realize.
It sounds like your father was an amazing man. Best wishes to you and your mom.
Thanks, Heather.
I knew John! He was two years ahead of me at Kimball. He and his family lived in a beautiful home. He looks like his Mom. I'm so sorry for your loss. peg evertson
Everston is a name I know! Thanks so much for signing the blog, Peg. Yes, Daddy looked a lot like Luella, my grandmother, whom I miss very, very much.
I only discovered this page by accident while surfing the net. My Grandmother, Winnifred (Davis)Adams Hatch was nanny for the Mockett's for many years. Do youremember her? She cared a great deal for both of them. I visited Luella with her many times. She was immensely proud of her grown children!John H.was an amazing man. My COndolences to his family.
Carla (Reader) Kirby, Kimball, Nebraska
I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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