John Joseph Cheap
John Joseph Cheap
  • January 3, 1928 - May 6, 2017
  • Los Angeles, California

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January 3, 1928 - May 6, 2017

Jack's blessed life embodies the promise and opportunity in twentieth century California. His parents, Albert and Alice Cheap married at St. Vibiana's Cathedral in 1906 and settled in the St. James Park area of Los Angeles. The 12th of 13 children, Jack attended Loyola High School where he enriched his passion for singing through his time in the Glee Club and also played on the football team. Jack enjoyed frequent Red Car trips to Santa Monica Beach, and made the most of Hollywood's burgeoning entertainments. A dutiful soldier, he followed his five brothers into military service, trained at Camp Cook with California's own 40th Division, and completed his tour as a highly decorated Korean War combat veteran. Returning home,Jack set out to start a family and working life.He married Patricia Doyle at Christ the King Church on February 7, 1953, and began his career as an apprentice in the movie and television industry. Over time, he worked at every major studio in the city and operated his own post production sound editing company. His body of work spanned nearly four decades, and his credits include several years as sound effects editor on television's Perry Mason as well as dozens of movies including Logan's Run. He received numerous accolades for his editing skill and earned the prestigious Golden Reel Award in 1982. Jack and Pat built a family of seven children, all of whom attended Our Mother of Good Counsel School spanning 26 consecutive years! By playing roles in musical theater productions, patronizing the arts in Los Angeles, and singing baritone in the church choir, he instilled a love of music in his children. Jack's retirement years in Carpinteria allowed him to tend to his interests and spend time sharing them with those who loved him. He became a Master Gardener and spent many sunny afternoons either tending to the garden or taking long walks on the beach. He volunteered as a driver for seniors never missing an opportunity to brighten their days with an unexpected wise crack or funny joke. Jack was a USC Trojan through and through and a devoted Dodger fan.Some of his happiest hours were spent with a houseful of children and grandchildren gathered around watching sports or a classic movie. He was a man of faith, a loyal friend, and a patriarch of the gentlest, most generous kind. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia, his children John (Mary), Karen (John), Pamela, Michael (Kathy), Tom (Crista), Elizabeth (Catherine) and Katie (Charles), and his fifteen grandchildren Allison (Emery), Brigid (Chris), Terence, Dylan, Eamon, Kaitlin, Jack, Flannery, Lindsey, Kendall, James, Carly, John, Peter, and Ilsa, great-granddaughter Avery, his sister Dorothy McDonough (Vince) and many, many nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 pm, Friday, May 19 at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Mother of Good Counsel School, or to The Da Camera Society Young Artist Program of Mount Saint Mary's University (