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.

Posted by will brecheen on April 27, 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
Posted by Darrek Mullins on April 9, 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.
Posted by will brecheen on August 11, 2011
Our thoughts are with you and your family, John.
Bill & Sharon
Posted by Mary Rasmussen on August 11, 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
Posted by Mary Rasmussen on June 20, 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
Posted by Erin Sneller on May 24, 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
Posted by Ollie Herning on May 23, 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.
Posted by will brecheen on May 22, 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.
Posted by Jarrett Brock on May 21, 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.
Posted by Judith Brock on May 21, 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.
Posted by Linda Mitchell on May 14, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Luhn family during this very difficult time.
Posted by Aleta Elliott on May 12, 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!
Posted by Whitney James on May 10, 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.
Posted by Joan Vormbaum on May 9, 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"
Posted by edjie lewis on May 7, 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
Posted by edjie lewis on May 7, 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.
Posted by Lisa Morales on May 6, 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.
Posted by Dorothy Luhn on May 6, 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
Posted by Kathy McAllister on May 5, 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.
Posted by Lucie Killian on May 5, 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.
Posted by Katie Masters on May 5, 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.
Posted by maryann sears on May 5, 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......
Posted by Joseph DiBiase on May 5, 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.
Posted by Dan Hingle on May 5, 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
Posted by Raymond Luhn on May 4, 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
Posted by dominic palmisano on May 3, 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...
Posted by Mary Ayers on May 3, 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.
Posted by Tanja LaStella on May 2, 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.
Posted by Tina Dahl on May 1, 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.
Posted by Teri Mangel on April 30, 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.
Posted by Darrek Mullins on April 30, 2011
You will forever be my best man.
Posted by Charlie Susan Hasselbach on April 30, 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.
Posted by Edrice Wright on April 29, 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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Posted by Ollie Herning on August 11, 2020
I was telling the story the other day about when you dialed
me in w/ your cousin on Lopez Island and how much fun we had there hanging out.
I wave to you now as they do there as tradition when passing each other.
Happy Birthday my friend.

Posted by sandra luhn on August 12, 2019
Thinking of you, as I do every day, during moments alone...on my morning walk, tending the garden, when I wake in the morning, and welcome day's end.

On this day, especially, memories of you are abundant and strong - your smile, the twinkle in your eyes, your touch on my shoulder, and you knowing ways. They comfort me and remind me of the great blessing your life was and still is in spirit...

Love always and forever, Mom
Posted by Ollie Herning on August 11, 2019
Happy birthday buddy - I wish we could paddle out together again.
Thank you for helping me stay sober,
I learned a lot working with you.

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Aloha Waveriders

Shared by chris ewing on April 27, 2019

Around 2001 Jon and I started  our adventure  and begin teaching people to surf.  We called ourselves Aloha Waveriders!  After a series of our first successful lessons we were driving up 41st Ave. I looked over at John and I think we were both clutching cash in our hands, and at the same time and both kind of welled up with tears! Beside the elation of seeing the pure stoke on the face of a newcomer,  we had actually made some money !!!.....I’ve got to say my God do I ever miss those days of freedom and excitement have a couple of dudes who are truly living the dream .........thank you Jon  Luhn and your family for all your generosity.

 after riding their first wave

Poem for Jonathan

Shared by sandra luhn on August 11, 2016

Two score and ten
I remember when
First from the womb
Your cry filled the room

It’s a boy they said…

Then sixteen long minutes
At twelve past the hour
Your twin was born--
A steadfast bower

It’s a girl they said…

I felt so lucky, blessed (and relieved!)

Thinking of You...

Shared by sandra luhn on May 7, 2012

Thoughts of Jon as I walked the Los Gatos Creek trail early one morning...

I feel you in the breeze

I hear you in a song

Hold me in your wings

Take me along

With the birds high and far

Within reach of a star that shines bright over all....