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“I met John 13 years ago when I first worked underclass for him. At that time, I've never met such a strange man. I was young and naive. However,...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Lan

“As one of Phill's many friends, about 6-7 years ago I was lucky to be one of the Reyman family invitees to an LSU Annual Crawfish Boil at Embarcadero...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Erin

“The first time I met John, I stepped on seaweed as Lan, a friend and I were getting pictures taken at the beach. I thought the seaweed was gross but...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Baoling

“John hired me in 1991 to work at the Carroll Canyon studio. It was my first job and didn't know what I was getting into! (driving the yellow jeep...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Cathy

“I remember your silly acronyms that no one could ever figure out orange mashed potatoes your experimental cooking that always made me feel like I...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Cassandra

“I love that John always had a unique nickname for me and all of Phill's friends. Anytime we would walk into the studio he'd throw a prop on my head ...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Amy

“As we looked through our Scouting pictures, we could only find a few as we realize you were behind the camera more than you ever were in front of it!...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Nancy

“Mister Reyman... Phil's Dad... John... One of the most interesting, never caught not smiling, funloving jokesters I've ever had the pleasure of...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Marvin

“So many memories in 41 years. Do we start with you dating my sister in your Alpha Romero? You and Darlene's first apartment downtown? The family...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Charlene

“The "beetle" breakfast, the trips in the camper to the Rose Parade, the many, many cook-outs on the cul-de-sac; the memories are in the thousands....Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Amy

“I made a visit to John just a few weeks ago. The intention was business, but I ended up spending a few hours, my last few hours with him, seeing his...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Terri

“There are so many memories, I can't even count. I.B. Forum!!, 2 years in the studio on Carroll Canyon, Homecomings/Winter Balls/ASB Balls/Proms...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Tram

“John as I will forever remember him. He loved his Hawaiian shirts and often talked about going to Hawaii. I miss you John and love you very much. -...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Kat

“I remember he was over at our house one time and made us breakfast. At the onset it seemed rather normal, pancakes with bacon and eggs, but like with...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Adrienne

“Dad, I can't describe how much I appreciated everything that you did for us boys. You put our wants and needs on the top of your priority list. I...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Phillip

“Dad, I already miss you! Love, Oatman ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Garrett


MIRA MESA - -
John passed suddenly, but peacefully at sleep in him home from a heart attack, on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

John was born on September 30, 1944, in Watsonville, CA and moved to San Diego a few years later, with his Mother Caroline Bouronill and Nana Annie Bouronill. Shortly after his move to San Diego John's mother married Ross Reyman and this began the life of John Paul Reyman that we all know and love.

John grew up in the community of North Park in San Diego. His first residence is still unchanged, standing directly across the street from his grade school, St. Patrick's, on 30th Street. At some point during John's adolescence he attended military school for a time, there is still some debate if this experiment worked to mold him into a proper young man or simply fueled his creativity and at times whacky adolescent sense of humor! The Reyman family then moved to Montclair St. in North Park, this home is still apart of the Reyman family. John's Brother Dave currently resides in the home.

John graduated from St. Augustine High School, in 1962. He attended San Diego State University. Then
John met Darlene in January 1969, they got married September 28, 1969 in San Diego, at St. Augustine's in North Park. John and Darlene purchased their Mira Mesa home back in 1970. They raised all three of their children (Garrett, Steve, Phill) at this home. Many stories and parties can be traced back to this home and neighborhood.

John was an accomplished portrait photographer through his business of Reyman Photography for the past 35 years. Reyman Photography was started in 1950 with John's father, Ross, as a small school photography business which has now become one of the premier portrait studios in San Diego County. John captured and created thousands of memories for the students in the San Diego community.

John's passion in life was to create a laugh, create a memory, tell a story, and if you were lucky enough to spend an evening with him you became part of his next story. Life was lived at his pace and with his passion.

John was preceded in death by his father, Ross Reyman, and his mother, Carolyn Reyman.
He is survived by his wife of over 41 years, Darlene Elinore Reyman and their children and grandchildren, Garrett Lee Reyman and his wife, Tiffany Yoshi Reyman and their child, Charlotte Setsuyo Reyman, of Woodland Hills, CA., Stephen Edward Reyman of Prescott Valley, AZ., and Phillip Evan Reyman of San Diego, CA. And John's brother, David Reyman of San Diego.

A private memorial service will be held off the coast of San Diego. A reception will take place at the Reyman Family home in Mira Mesa, at 1:30 pm on Saturday, June 5, 2010.

The address is:
10295 Covina Ct.
San Diego, Ca 92126

Attire is very casual. shorts, hawaiian shirt and flip flops would be very appropiate.

John never liked funerals nor thought of mourning the passing of a loved one. BUT HE ALWAYS LOVED A GOOD PARTY!!!

So we ask that everyone celebrate your memories of him and share your funny stories. John liked to make people laugh and loved being the goofy one, let's have a good time and laugh!

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to The Museum of Photographic Arts.