John J. Belarde, age 90, born April 15, 1927 on the family ranch in Gulnare, Colo. to Francisco Belarde and Anna Pais, passed away on August 8, 2017 in his home in Woodinville, Wash.
John was orphaned at the young age of 11 with his other siblings in Colo. when both parents passed away. John enlisted in the army just one day after his 18th birthday and was a solider in WWII. John met the love of his life, Rosemary Belarde, in Seattle. They married on June 11, 1949 and would have celebrated 68 years of marriage if not for Rosemary’s passing in 2013.
In 1954, the young couple moved to Anchorage Alaska to continue his cement masonry work where he and partner Wayne started John-Wayne Construction which later became the family business. While in Alaska, John purchased a large piece of land just outside Big Lake where his family and friends spent many summers and winters. The Big Lake homestead is still being enjoyed by family to this day.
In 1989, John and his two sons brought their families back to Seattle where they opened the Seattle branch of John-Wayne Construction. John and Rosemary settled in the city of Woodinville.
“Big Bad John” was a nickname given to him after a song by Jimmy Dean that his friends and family felt fitting. John was always known as the storyteller to all of his grandchildren and extended family members. John’s door remained open to any and every one that wanted to stop in for a visit. He was known around his small town of Woodinville as the candy man; everywhere he went he always made sure he had a pocket full of candies to pass out to all his friends around town.
As patriarch of the family, his love, guidance and graciousness influenced meaningful values and morals. He was loved and respected and will forever be missed.
John is survived by his daughter LeeAnn Belarde, his son John F. Belarde and his wife Sandy, and his youngest son Steve W. Belarde and his wife Leighann. Along with her seven grandchildren, Sierra Stamm, Johnna Belarde, Breanna Griffith and her husband Sam, Jessica Rudiger, Jacob Belarde, Joseph Belarde and Kristina Belarde and three great-grandchildren Chance and Colton Rudiger, Mia Belarde and Berson Griffith
He was preceded in death by his parents Francisco Belarde and Anna Pais, his lovely wife Rosemary Belarde, his brothers Steve, Art, Chili, and Raymond And his Sisters Anita, Angela and Maria.