John Joseph Meyer, III

  • Born: November 2, 1932
  • Died: July 15, 2017
  • Location: San Mateo, California

Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home - FD-230

977 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel. (650) 343-1804

Tribute & Message From The Family

John J. Meyer III passed away peacefully at his home in San Mateo Saturday morning after a valiant battle with cancer.

He is survived by his spouse Caryl Meyer; sons: John J. Meyer IV (Dorothy) & Jason L. Meyer (Julia); grandchildren: John Meyer V (Melanie), Jennifer Portale (Mario), Chance Meyer, Melaney Meyer & Jillian Meyer; and loving great-granddaughters: Arianna Meyer, Carmella Portale & and McKenzie Portale.

John was born in San Francisco to Joseph & Helen Meyer and lived most of his youth throughout Northern California and settled in St. Helena. After he graduated high school, he married his high school sweetheart Jacquline Soito, his wife of 53 years. John served in the US Navy for 2 years as a submariner.

After serving, John moved to San Mateo to pursue a career in firefighting. For many years, John was promoted through the ranks and retired as the Assistant Fire Chief of San Mateo, in 1986 after 32 years of service.

Some of Johns' many interests were NASCAR, antique cars, travelling and genealogy. He was a member of the Santa Clara Model T Ford Club. John and his first wife Jacqui travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe in their Model T. John had found his soulmate in 2013 when he married his current wife, Caryl Russo. They enjoyed a cross-country motorhome trip from Florida to California. Boy, the stories John could tell about his trips and his life. "Did I ever tell you the time?" Your stories will be missed pop.

John was never idle and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a great friend to many.

Vigil service will be held from 2-5pm on Wednesday, July 26th at Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home, 977 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA. Graveside service will be held at 12pm on Thursday, July 27th at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 2121 Spring St., St. Helena, CA.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Special Olympics or the American Cancer Society.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Godspeed Uncle John! How I remember you when I was a little girl and cherish the memories of you at my wedding and other family occasions. You and your stories of my Grandpa Joe will be missed. Give him a kiss for me when you all meet again!
Love your Niece Michelle

Posted by Michelle Hytry - Nashville, TN   July 26, 2017

To the Meyer Family,

On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on John's passing. We grieve with you on the loss of your loved one and our shipmate. The SUBVETS will have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and John will always be remembered as a Brother of the Phin and a great Patriot.

(SS) John J. Meyer III
US Navy Submarine Veteran
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate

Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, MTCM(SS) USN Ret.
Base Chaplain

Posted by Nick Nichols - SC   July 24, 2017

We offer our condolences to the family of John. We thank and salute you for your service to our country sir, and now at long last you have the eternal fair winds and following seas you so richly earned here on earth. Rest easy shipmate, we have the watch good and faithful servant. RIP Sailor.
Very Respectfully, Keith
Keith F. Post, Executive Director
St. Marys Submarine Museum
St. Marys GA 31558

Posted by Keith Post - St. Marys, GA   July 24, 2017

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), I offer our sincere condolences on John's passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. We are forever grateful for John's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. To our Brother we say, Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country."

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way." 2 Thess 3:16.

John J. Meyer III, US Navy, Now on Eternal Patrol.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate.

Bill Dixon, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

Posted by Bill Dixon - Cary, NC - coworker   July 24, 2017

Grandpa will truly be missed. I loved hearing his stories from childhood and all throughout his life. He helped me with and taught me so many things from tying knots, cooking, construction, a science project in school, and ultimatley when the time comes how to be a loving grandfather. I will miss hearing his voice but will not forget it. He was a wonderful grandfather.

Posted by John Meyer V - Burlingame, CA - Grandchild   July 24, 2017

Though I may not share as many memories as other members of my family, what I remember most about my grandfather was his ability to lighten up a room with a good story. Whether it was a social gathering or a personal visit, everyone could rely on Grandpa to make them laugh. His storytelling will be missed in the years to come but the laughs will never forgotten.

Posted by Chance Meyer - Grandchild   July 23, 2017

My condolences to the entire Meyer family. John will be remembered fondly for the person he was and for everything he did. His infectious laugh, love of life and family and gift of gab are things I will remember about John. He will be missed but he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Posted by Vicky Reno - San Lorenzo, CA - Family Friend   July 21, 2017


May he Rest In Peace. Condolences from the Menikheim Family.

Posted by Dennis Menikheim - San Francisco, CA - Acquaintance   July 20, 2017


My condolences go to the Meyer family. I only got to meet John a few times through his granddaughter but was was a really good man. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Shane Bonetti - San Lorenzo, CA - Acquaintance   July 19, 2017

I will miss John. He had such great stories about firefighting, the Navy and all his travels with Jacqui, and later Caryl. He lived life on his own terms. He was an inspiration to us all.

Posted by Julie Meyer - Castro Valley, CA - Family   July 18, 2017

From my earliest memories you were always there. I remember handing you the hair brush as a little girl and telling you "braid me" and you did! I remember you driving me and my Dad to my wedding in the many family gatherings, stories that you told and laughter that you shared. I will miss you. We will all miss you. Rest easy Uncle John. I love you.

Posted by Sherry Jones - Gardnerville, NV - Family   July 18, 2017


I'll miss him, when he calls on the phone and talking for hours and talking about the stories that he did. He had a great life with my grandma and my step-grandma, He did it all!

Posted by Melaney Meyer - Castro Valley, CA - Grandchild   July 18, 2017

My darling John,
I've cherished the last four years you've given me, remember when I told you: "One day, one week, one month." The time we've spent together I will hold close to my heart. You are my hero and I love and adore you!
Your wife,

Posted by Laura Matta - Martinez, CA - Family   July 18, 2017

I will miss all of your stories pop. Thank you for raising me to have the strength to get through this. I Love You.

Posted by Jason Meyer - Castro Valley, CA - Son   July 17, 2017

We are very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Al and Eileen Marcucci - San Lorenzo, CA - Friend   July 17, 2017

We have lost a long time friend. So many memories! John, you put up such a strong fight and now you are resting in God's hands Farewell my friend. Oh we will miss you.
Fred and Marilyn McKenna

Posted by Fred & Marilyn McKenna - San Mateo, CA - Family Friend   July 17, 2017

Family Album

Community Photos

John after going to his great granddaughters 2nd birthday party in Jan. of 2017
John and Caryl's wedding day.