Taking the Judah
Jonathan Luhn
  • 44 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 11, 1966
  • Date of passing: Apr 27, 2011
Let the memory of Jonathan be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Jonathan Luhn who was born on August 11, 1966 and passed away on April 27, 2011. His light went out way too soon. Jon passed away in the ocean while surfing Wednesday at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Those of you who knew Jon knew he found joy and comfort in the sea. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dean Schoeppler on 12th August 2016

"Feeling sad today
I saw the new poem from your mom today and it made me sad and reminded me of a conversation we had before you left. You showed me some of your poetry and I read them.  I was surprised by the formal style of one.  You asked me if I liked it and I said I did, even though I was still thinking about it and what it meant.  You really got me thinking and then you asked me if I wanted to buy some of your poetry.  Now I was thinking about your poetry and thinking about buying your poetry,  it kind of threw me off and I was thinking and said, "Let me think about that Jon."  Then I was thinking maybe you would want to trade some of my art for some of your poetry, but for some reason, I just thought about it and we said good bye. Now I wish I would have bought some of your poetry Jon, though I've been able to read some since you left.  I wish I would have asked you to trade some of your poetry for some of my art.  I wish I would have read you some of my poetry too.
I am missing you today Jonathon!"

This tribute was added by Steve Lovell on 11th August 2016

"Thinking of you today on your birthday, Jon.  Hope you are getting a nice wave today in heaven. Aloha"

This tribute was added by sandra luhn on 27th April 2016

"Ocean Beach today was full of sun and wind with an abundance of waves, rising and breaking from many directions. Our first stop was the SFBG where by mid morning the sun broke through, bringing forth a glorious day in SF--despite a forecast of rain. Your brightness and love filled my heart, as always...
You are never forgotten and always cherished, Jonathan....
With much, much love, Mom and Dad"

This tribute was added by Ari Luhn on 27th April 2016

"Jonathan, 5 years of missing you isn't possible to fathom. Rest rest in peace my green eyed brother. You will never be forgotten. Jenn"

This tribute was added by Steve Lovell on 11th August 2015

"Happy Birthday Jon.  You are still with us in spirit. I feel your presence often as I look up at the mountains and cliffs from the vantage point of the ocean.  Aloha my friend."

This tribute was added by Jennifer Luhn Hartman on 11th August 2015

"JKHL,

Happy Birthday. I love you and I miss You. I'll be thinking of you this entire day.

Green Eyes"

This tribute was added by Ollie Herning on 11th August 2015

"Jon,
You're gone but not forgotten.
I thought of you with a smile today when I saw Surfer Chris at a meeting as I often do. I retold a story to a new kid I sponsor the other day about you and I .... our friendship including the time I went to visit the island and meet your cousin as I passed through.... getting to meet the twins & have a laugh with them.
I wish you were around so we could heckle ea other - I know I would surf a lot more with you still here.

Your buddy forever - Happy Birthday.

Ollie"

This tribute was added by Sean Ingram on 29th April 2015

"As we are wrapped up in our everyday routines something was nudging me Monday. I couldn't place it till I realized it was you, you are in my thoughts often. I was able to visit the mile with Mike & Steve last October. As we left coming down the path in the distance a tall figure carrying a board, wetsuit arms dangling at the waist approached us my heart jumped. It was a beautiful reminder of our time together as if you were saying hello through a passer by. Forever a friend forever a brother, miss you!"

This tribute was added by Samantha Sommer on 28th April 2015

"Hola mi querido amigo Jon...as I walked on the beach yesterday I thought about you and everything that shimmered in the sun reminded me of you.  The sparkle of sunlight on the water reminded me of the sparkle in those intense blue eyes.  Rays of sunlight reflecting off of the boats made me think of your dimples, your teeth, that smile...We are all so blessed to have been bathed in your light.  I miss it so much now.  Sending you and all of the Luhns love and light and a tender hug. May you be always surrounded by light querido amigo."

This tribute was added by Darrek Mullins on 28th April 2015

"With every year, it’s a reminder of how much we all should cherish and hold tight to the time we have with each other. I so wish my daughters could meet and know my Jon. Honestly, I think they’d be quite smitten with you…who wasn't?  I miss you my brother."

This tribute was added by Mary Ayers on 28th April 2015

"Sending love and peace to the Luhn family. Such a sweet soul you were, Jonathan."

This tribute was added by sandra luhn on 27th April 2015

"You're in my heart and thoughts every day, Jon,  Today, especially, I'm remembering your big smile, your whimsy and wit, and the tender touch of your hand on my shoulder. It always spoke volumes and touched me deeply. Peace and love forever, Mom"

This tribute was added by Charlie Susan Hasselbach on 27th April 2015

"I can never forget you.  Your image and your personality are still alive in my mind and my heart.  Today I send love to your parents and your siblings who also loved and cherished you and miss you so very much.  A light went out when you left us but you really have never left so many of us...that is how bright your light shone."

This tribute was added by Steve Lovell on 27th April 2015

"Aloha Jon.  Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.  I'll ride a wave in your honor next time I'm down at the mile."

This tribute was added by Michael Ng on 27th April 2015

"I can't believe it's been 4 years. Time has healed some of the sorrow of losing my friend Jon. But I sure do miss him. Wish I could have more more day."

This tribute was added by Ollie Herning on 11th August 2014

"Spoke of you 2 x last week with my sister then Surfer Chris
Wish you were here to surf with.....
My girls would love you !!!!"

This tribute was added by Raymond Luhn on 11th August 2014

"Love to you Jonathan, wherever you may be. Love to all who cherish your memory..."

This tribute was added by sandra luhn on 27th April 2014

"Soaked in the warm sun at Ocean Beach and in the beauty of SFBG, always thinking of you and your joyful spirit, Jon. Followed the coast home, giving a special nod to Four Mile on the way. Love, love and  more love...mom"

This tribute was added by Steve Lovell on 27th April 2014

"Thinking of you Jon. We still keep you in our hearts and minds down at FourMile. Will catch a wave in your honor. I know you will like that."

This tribute was added by Charlie Susan Hasselbach on 27th April 2014

"Jonathan - you are still a vibrant part of so many lives although you are no longer physically with us - you are in so many hearts and memories.  You were and always will be remembered as a joyful soul.  My heart goes out to all your family today, especially your Mom who is my dearest friend."

This tribute was added by Charlie Susan Hasselbach on 12th August 2013

"My heart is with you and your family.  You are still so loved and so very missed.  I will always treasure the few moments I shared with you.  The sun still shines but it is a bit less golden.  Sandie & Chris - my love is with you."

This tribute was added by sandra luhn on 12th August 2013

"Celebrated you and Amy today, reflecting on your birth day and early years. Drove to SF with Dad for a visit to the Garden. It was cool, breezy and a faint outline of the sun was visible through a high, thin fog. Could feel your smile as I poked around the Fragrance Garden. Peace and love forever, Jon. I miss you."

This tribute was added by Darrek Mullins on 28th April 2013

"In memory, I made my profile picture on FB of Jon and I. It was of one from my wedding.  His partner in the wedding (matron of honor) posted, "He was such a lovely partner at the wedding.  He was tall and dashing and very sweet."  Yep, that was Jon. I miss you my lifelong friend and brother.  I pray you are in heaven riding waves of glory with our Heavenly Father."

This tribute was added by Mary Ayers on 28th April 2013

"Thinking of the old Casa Mia neighborhood... what a great place to grow up. And this family always comes to mind. Young, hip, brilliant, talented parents and fun kids. I loved it when the twin babies moved in. Though we don't see each other often these days, we are still in touch. I am grateful to have seen Jonathan and met his love just a few days before his accident. Hugs to the family."

This tribute was added by Kathy McAllister on 28th April 2013

"Dear Sandie and Chris.  Just want you to know we are thinking of you and love you.  Kathy & Paul"

This tribute was added by Samantha Sommer on 27th April 2013

"Sending my light and love to the entire Luhn family today, as I remember the unforgettable and brilliant light and love that Jonathan gave to all of us.  I am forever grateful to have been graced by your beautiful light Jonathan."

This tribute was added by Charlie Susan Hasselbach on 27th April 2013

"My heart and my love is with all the Luhn family today.  Jonathan continues to be a spark in my life although I knew him ever so briefly but was incredibly impressed with his whole character.  His mother, Sandie, is one of my most dearest and precious friends and I send her my total love on this day (and always).  Ride the waves, Jonathan."

This tribute was added by Ollie Herning on 27th April 2013

"Jon
Spoke about you with an old friend .... You are still thought of
And Loved.
Thinking of your family today as well.
Rest in peace
- Ollie"

This tribute was added by Steve Lovell on 27th April 2013

"Jon we think of you all the time down at four mile. Your spirit is with us always. Lots of love to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Mike Johnson on 10th September 2012

"I just heard the news as I was on vacation in San Jose. How sad. My memory was that of my friend Chris' kid brother, who was never a pest, always nice and respectful and somebody you knew was going to grow up and be admired by people. A hello and condolences to the Luhn family from your old Casa Mia Drive neighbor, Mike."

This tribute was added by sandra luhn on 11th August 2012

"Dear Jonathan, I think of you every day and with special joy on this day each year when I remember your birth and that of Amy's,16 "long" minutes later. How perfect, a boy and a girl, beautiful and strong and with an older brother and sister to welcome you. We were so blessed. Deep love always, Mom"

This tribute was added by dawn williams on 29th April 2012

"I was there with you on April 27th 2011 ocean beach, and I was there yesterday April 27, 2012 in your memory. I may of never of known you but I will be with you every year 4/27 at 1pm ocean beach...so your not alone. I only wish we would of met under different circumstances.
"Rest in Peace Wave Rider""

This tribute was added by Charlie Susan Hasselbach on 28th April 2012

"You are and always be loved by those whose lives you touched.  May
you find the peace that will help you guid us who miss you terribly.  good waves, warm sun, friendly surroundings and the music of love."

This tribute was added by sandra luhn on 27th April 2012

"Thinking of you, Jonathan, as I do every day. You were truly a gift and I'm grateful for all you gave to me in your lifetime and now in memories. I continue to pray that you have found "happiness and the true causes of happiness"... with oceans of love, mom"

This tribute was added by Dean Schoeppler on 27th April 2012

"Just thinking of you Jonathon.  I miss seeing you around and talking to you.  i miss your bright deep spirit.  I miss you sharing your poetry and latest news.  I know I will see you again, in a twinkling of an eye.  Love you, my friend."

This tribute was added by will brecheen on 27th April 2012

"Can't believe it's been a year - and a lifetime.  We hope that the good memories of good times are always with you, Chris and Sandy.
Bill & Sharon"

This tribute was added by Darrek Mullins on 9th April 2012

"I miss you Jon.  I've been thinking about you a lot lately, and I simply miss you.  I feel your presence, but I wish I could hear your voice one more time.  I love you."

This tribute was added by will brecheen on 11th August 2011

"Our thoughts are with you and your family, John.
Love
Bill & Sharon"

This tribute was added by Mary Rasmussen on 11th August 2011

"Jonathan will be missed by all those he touched.  I have known him since he was born.  Sandie and I are childhood friends from Washington, DC.
My deepest sympathy for the family's loss.  Mary & Jay Rasmussen"

This tribute was added by Mary Rasmussen on 20th June 2011

"I grew up with Sandie back in DC.  Have known her most of her life.  Therefore, when she met Chris and married and then the children came along, I have kept in touch all those years.
My deepest sympathy goes out the Sandie/Chris and family"

This tribute was added by Erin Sneller on 24th May 2011

"Thinking of the entire Luhn family today, knowing from experience that the most difficult time can be after the Memorial Service...after the friends and relatives leave, when life is supposed to get back to "normal." My thoughts & prayers are with yo"

This tribute was added by Ollie Herning on 23rd May 2011

"The warmest smile ever.... clear compassionate eyes, gentle-sincere in spirit and ALWAYS quick to laugh.
That is what I will remember about my friend Jon.
-OG"

This tribute was added by will brecheen on 22nd May 2011

"We knew you, Jonathan, before you were you.  When you were in the womb with barely room for the two of you, you and Amy.  
We haven't been nearly close enough over the years, and we are not better for not having known you better."

This tribute was added by Jarrett Brock on 21st May 2011

"I have been in the company of Jonathan four or five times. He was pleasantly charming and stunningly handsome. I am sorrowed by the fact that I will not see him again."

This tribute was added by Judith Brock on 21st May 2011

"Dear Luhns, a part of our family since Fall 1966, the time of Jon's birth. We remember his warm presence and his welcoming hug. My mental snapshot is from the wedding of his brother Chris, a beautiful image."

This tribute was added by Linda Mitchell on 14th May 2011

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Luhn family during this very difficult time."

This tribute was added by Aleta Elliott on 12th May 2011

"Such a sad thing...when I told my daughters about this tragic accident, they both said they remembered fondly how fun it was when Jon was around while they were little kids--he noticed them, talked with them, played with them.  He was a playful guy!"

This tribute was added by Whitney James on 10th May 2011

"Jon, was an incredible person. He was kind, funny, gentle and warm.  He was a good friend and a sensitive soul. Jon, you will be missed.
My heart breaks for his family and friends, and I will keep you all in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Joan Vormbaum on 9th May 2011

"Sandie and Chris, my special friends, I am holding you close in my heart at this painful time.  I only met Jonathan a couple of times.  He was such a sweet and beautiful man.  I will always remember him walking across the street, smiling, to say "hi""

This tribute was added by edjie lewis on 7th May 2011

"Dear Sandie, Chris, siblings, nephews and nieces,

We are thinking of you during this difficult time in your lives. Special prayers are with you for courage and acceptance of God's will. Our symphaties, Gary & Edjie& Fa"

This tribute was added by edjie lewis on 7th May 2011

"Dear Sandie, Chris, siblings, nephews and nieces,

We are thinking of you during this difficult time in your lives. Special prayers are with you for courage and acceptance of God's will."

This tribute was added by Lisa Morales on 6th May 2011

"Then Luhn family -- such a great family to me when I was In High School.  To all of you I am saddened for your loss and I will keep you in my prayers.  Please know I wish you peace and comfort in this very difficult transition."

This tribute was added by Dorothy Luhn on 6th May 2011

"My heart aches for the Luhn clan and all the relatives and friends that knew and loved him. I echo all the heartfelt sentiments reflected on these pages. Peace Jon. Peace be with you. Love, Dodie"

This tribute was added by Dan Hingle on 5th May 2011

"I met Jon in 1986, when he and I were looking at changing our lives around. Jon had struggles with his demons, but we always had a soft spot for each other b/c of the beginning. We had countless surf sessions and good times with Chris E. I will honor"

This tribute was added by Joseph DiBiase on 5th May 2011

"To Jon’s family and friends, heartfelt condolences for your loss. A life filled with affection, friendship, accomplishment and success, surely provides you with a host of comforting memories. Wishing you all God’s blessings."

This tribute was added by maryann sears on 5th May 2011

"I loved John dearly. My heart aches for his family as this is a tragic loss.  John was a joyful spirit with a twinkle in his eyes.  His smile lit up any room he was in. Casa Mia Drive will never be the same......"

This tribute was added by Kathy McAllister on 5th May 2011

"My mind is constantly with Sandie and Chris and all the family.  God bless you all.  I am having a very hard time getting my mind around this.  My prayers are with you every minute."

This tribute was added by Katie Masters on 5th May 2011

"I ached when I learned. My thoughts, as they oft are, are with the Luhn family. Jon, not a day went by when I wasn't hoping you were happy, healthy, and surfing. I fought on your side. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life for a while."

This tribute was added by Lucie Killian on 5th May 2011

"When I read the article in the Merc, I was hoping that it wasn't the Jonathan Luhn that I knew.   My heart goes out to you Sandy and Chris, and all your family.  I will remember John's big smile at Cosentino's as a courtesy clerk."

This tribute was added by Raymond Luhn on 4th May 2011

"Dear Jonathan, You left your mark of friendship, love and compassion with so many people along the way, including me the last time we were in touch.  I will miss you and remember you always.  With love, cousin Ray"

This tribute was added by dominic palmisano on 3rd May 2011

"Only knew you for a short time but knew you were a special person with your warm smile and friendly greetings.  I'll miss that..."

This tribute was added by Mary Ayers on 3rd May 2011

"Dear, dear, Jonathan. I'm deeply sorry you were taken so very young. I had such a good feeling after our visit at the Brown's--so happy to meet Dionne also. I will hold onto that memory forever. Sending love and positive vibes to your family."

This tribute was added by Tanja LaStella on 2nd May 2011

"Although I only knew Jon for a short period of time this news saddens me more than words can explain!! He was a kind man and this is such a great loss for so many people! My heart goes out to his family and his fiance."

This tribute was added by Tina Dahl on 1st May 2011

"Jon-although I did not know you really well in high school, you always seemed to be such a gentle and kind soul.  My heart breaks for Amy, your parents, your family and close friends.  My thoughts and prayers to all who knew Jon."

This tribute was added by Teri Mangel on 30th April 2011

"My heart is so heavy for your lovely family. Through the many years you all have remained very dear to my family and me. Jonathan was such a bright spot in this world -- gone far too soon. Sending much love & prayers to you all at this very sad time."

This tribute was added by Darrek Mullins on 30th April 2011

"You will forever be my best man."

This tribute was added by Charlie Susan Hasselbach on 30th April 2011

"Jonathan was one of the nicest men I have ever met - I met him from being a friend of his mother.  My heart goes out to his entire family - the tears falling from my eyes pale in comparison to all of yours.  He was a gift to all of us."

This tribute was added by Edrice Wright on 29th April 2011

"John you will be missed deeply.  You always had a smile that could light up a room.  Your kindness is well known.  My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time."


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