Date of Birth: September 18, 1952
Date of Death: August 22, 2023
John Christopher Monaco, 70, passed peacefully on August 22, 2023, at Banner University Medical Center. John was born on September 18, 1952, to James and Betty Monaco in Steubenville, Ohio. John, a twin and youngest of six children, moved with his family to Arizona in 1964. After graduating from Alhambra High School, John went on to study radiologic technology at Glendale Community College. During John’s 36-year career in radiology, he first worked at Banner Good Samaritan in Special Procedures before moving to the Cath Lab at Banner Thunderbird. He was well-liked and respected by his co-workers, known for his sense of humor. In 1981, John met Janine while working at Good Sam and they married on October 19, 1984. In 1986, John and Janine had their first child, Jenna, and their second child, Dustin, three years later. John loved to sail and camp. Many summers were spent in San Diego on the beach with his family and several times a year, John and Janine would spend weeks at a time in Mexico with friends. John was an amazing husband and father, but his favorite title was Poppy. John was thrilled to become a grandfather when Jenna and Ernie welcomed Jaxson in 2013, and then Easton in 2016. The love continued to grow when Dustin and Amber welcomed Oliver in 2020, and then Vada in 2022. John endured many medical issues over the last 10 years, always fighting to be healthy for his loved ones. Despite all he went through, he never missed an opportunity to quote a funny movie line, make an (inappropriate) joke, or share one of his many John-isms. He will be missed beyond measure. He was preceded in death by his dad James, his mom Betty, and sister Mary Jane. He is survived by his wife Janine, his children Jenna (Ernie), and Dustin, his grandchildren Jaxson, Easton, Oliver, and Vada, brothers Mark (Marty) and Jim (Gwen), and sisters Marcia and Nancy (Dennis).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 8, 2023 at the Rio Vista Recreation Center.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), an organization that makes lifesaving transplants possible for patients in need. John was the recipient of a liver transplant in 2013, giving him a second chance at life. To honor his memory, please consider becoming an organ donor.