John E. Chedotte, Jr

Jul 29, 1949 - Oct 17, 2013


John Eugene Chedotte Jr. died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 17 at age 64 years. He was born July 29, 1949 in Waverly, Missouri to John and the late Ruth. He graduated from South Torrance High School in 1967. He happily married Ronda (nee Draper) on November 15, 1971. Throughout their loving marriage, they resided in multiple states; California, Colorado, New York, ultimately returning to California where he lived out the remainder of his life. The frequent moves were due to John proudly serving his country by joining the U.S. Air Force in 1969. His Air Force career also lead him out of the country to both Thailand and Germany. He held a variety of jobs throughout his service, starting as an airplane mechanic and ultimately ending his service in the information technology arena in 1990.

Throughout his life he could often be found behind a computer monitor or camera lens. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Cooking and gardening became his passion later in life. He also developed a love of hot sauce of any derivative. Throughout his life he truly enjoyed watching wrestling, and could often be caught reacting to the moves on screen. However, nothing made him happier then spending time with his grandchildren.

He held many roles throughout his life: Dutiful father to James Eric (Christina) and Jeaneé.  Adoring grandfather of Serena, the late Valerie, and Anthony James. Proud brother to Margaret and Joe (Rita).  Caring brother-in-law to the late Rodney and Tammy (Chris). Beloved son-n-law to the late Ralph and the late Patricia Draper. Esteemed uncle to Christina, Robert, Natalie, Robert (Rita), Ryan and Shannon (Kevin). He is also survived by other distant relatives and countless friends; many of which are at the County of Sacramento Department of Child Support Services.


  • Deborah Damazio says:

    Peace & Blessings to John’s family and friends at this time of great loss.

  • Pedro Marenco says:

    John is in my thoughts and prayers. I miss him. My condolences to his family.

  • Liz Machado says:

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. My thoughts and prayes are with your family.

  • Rick Girard says:

    My heartfelt prayers and condolences to John’s family for their lose.

  • Debbie Tumibay says:

    My condolences and prayer to the Chedotte family.

  • Pam & Barry Lewis says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of the Chedotte family for their lose. Ronda we were so happy to see you and John a few years back in Vegas. It is a good memory. Our family was a strange one and we all went our ways. Time together is special and we enjoyed all we had with John. He was the best. We send our prayers and condolences.

  • Donna Brown says:

    my condolences and heartfelt prayers to the family, and may John rest in peace.

  • Eloise Cortez says:

    my sincere condolences Ronda….

  • Anna Ampania says:

    All my best to you, Ronda, and your family. Love to you.

  • Robert Cumming says:

    John was always helpful and knowledgable throughout the 21 years we worked together. He will be missed by all and his sudden loss must be very difficult for his family. We are all thinking about you, and wishing you the best

  • Erin Tucker says:

    He Is Not Dead I cannot say, and I will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since he lingers there. And you—oh you, who the wildest yearn For an old-time step, and the glad return, Think of him faring on, as dear In the love of There as the love of Here. Think of him still as the same. I say, He is not dead—he is just away.” ― James Whitcomb Riley

  • Alecia Winborne says:

    My deepest sympathies are with John’s family and friends over the loss of John, who was so helpful and patient with all of us at DCSS. So many of us relied on him and he never let us down. He will be greatly missed.

  • Leticia Madan says:

    My deepest condolences to ALL the Chedotte family and friends. John, you will be forever missed. Thank you for all you have shared with your extended DCSS family we will always have the great memories and wonderful stories to carry with us. Thank you for making DCSS apart of your family. My prayers are with you..

  • Julia Arellano says:

    John, I will so miss sharing photos with you and hearing the stories about your children & grandchildren that were always filled with fun and love. This is what I know about you … you are smart, funny, patient, you are a great story teller, you loved & appreciated your family more than words can express & I’m quite certain that your home was filled with good food, love & laughter!! I’ll miss you always … Julia

  • Aileen Burgos says:

    I just want to express my condolences to your family. John I will miss hearing your voice every time I need a password reset or just when I have issues with my computer. Also our brief morning conversations in the elevator.

  • Sylvia de la Cruz says:

    My condolences to the Chedotte Family. John was always so helpful when I worked at DCSS. I will always remember John when I have his special beverage of a small bottle of Coke with peanuts it in when I have one. God bless, and may he be with you at this difficult time.

  • Tara Kugler says:

    John, I will miss seeing your face light up every time you talked about your family, especially your grandchildren. My prayers go out to your family. I pray they find comfort in the warm, wonderful memories they have of you. God Bless.

  • Bill Skolfield says:

    I liked John’s wry sense of humor and the fact he was always willing to help you when you called him.

  • Diane Saetern says:

    John, I will never forget your voice behind that phone line. The patience you had for all of us here at DCSS will never be forgotten. Most of all, you will never be forgotten and will be missed dearly. My condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to you and your family during this heartfelt time. May you rest in peace.

  • mary gillette says:

    John had a kind heart and will be greatly missed.

  • Kitty Harless says:

    What a great loss way too soon. thank you John for your service to our country and to Department of Child Support Services.

  • Ron & Julie Stettler says:

    I spent 364 days with John in an office without windows at Griffiss AFB. We had a blast. Some of the stories he could tell. One of them involved water glasses from the chow hall, an EC-117, and ‘Willy Pete’ grenades. He will be missed…. Salute to you JOHN!!!

  • Tom and Chris Townsend says:

    I am so sorry to hear it, Ronda. Is there anything i can do? (((warm hugs ))) Love you, Ronda. And the kids. *smile*

  • Malynda Plaisance says:

    I will miss a man with the patience of a saint, the natural ability to teach and to listen and communicate in such a way where he left you better. Technology comes and goes but there was only one “Tech Wizard”.

  • Lynn Starr says:

    Not a day went by that John did not proclaim his love and pride for his grandchildren. His wit and humor combined with his extensive knowledge of computers made him irreplaceable. Many, many jokes, laughter and good times were shared with John. I will miss him always.

  • Betsy Mines says:

    My prayers & condolences go out to the Chedotte family. John’s patience & understanding in assisting me & my password issues always calmed me. He will be missed.

  • Lolita Williams says:

    The day before he died,I had a problem with my computer, he was so helpful and kind to fixed my problem. He will be missed. My sympathy to all of the family members. Rest in peace. God bless you all.

  • Gina Murdock says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. John was the computer guru & seemed to always be busy (helping us county folks out). He may be gone; but never forgotten.

  • Harriett Jones says:

    I enjoyed working with John. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.

  • Makeba Black says:

    John, you will be greatly missed. I will never forget your voice behind the phone call, when I had a computer issue, you always had a prompt resolution. And I remember your smiles when speaking of your grandchildren. My condolences and prayers go out to your immediate and extended family.

  • Mai Yang says:

    We are very lucky at DCSS to have worked with a great person like John. Everyday seems like a part of DCSS is missing. We will miss you dearly. Our thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • Ter-ri Jones says:

    I will cherish the conversations John & I had in regards to both of us losing a Grandchild (2 in my case). He was a very doting Father/Grandfather as well as a Husband, this I know just from our conversations about his Family. He was such an inspiration as well as an asset to DCSS. He will be greatly missed by many, I’m sure. Many prayers for John’s Family for God’s peace & comfort at this most difficult time for you all.

  • Kristin Bakkerud says:

    All of these years of having you fixing our technical difficulties and being patient with us has spoiled all of us. What will we do w/o you and your great smile? God Bless you and your family. May all the wonderful memories you shared bring comfort to your family during this time of sorrow. Rest in peace. Kristin

  • Harold Gibson says:

    From the DTech unit AccessAdmin to John’s family, our heart and prayers go out to you.

  • Jim Hopkins says:

    I was with John at the end and tried all I could to keep him with us, but, I guess it was his time to go. I will miss him greatly and feel lucky to call him my friend.

  • Willie Hung says:

    Glad I have the chance to know John and work with him for more than 15 years. I will miss him as friend and coworker. I will also remember John’s stories from his US Air Force days.

  • Josh Miller says:

    John’s dedication to his work, his happy, uplifting presence, infectious laugh and crazy stories from past jobs and military service will be sorely missed here at work. I won’t even say that it will be hard to replace him because nothing could. It isn’t the same without you, John. I’m so sorry for your loss, Ronda. Don’t hesitate to contact me should you need anything at all.

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