Dr. John Pavel, age 73, San Jose, CA, died peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife, Barbara, on September 23, 2018 after an amazing and valiant 16 year battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was recognized by all the medical personnel who knew him as a fighter who never gave up his will to live. He was born in Champaign, IL on May 21, 1945, the firstborn son of the late John and Evelyn Pavel. He is survived by his wife, his love and life partner, Barbara Brandt Pavel, who he married on December 31, 1981. He was loved like a son by Flo and Eddie Brandt, Barbara’s parents, who predeceased him. His surviving family members are his brother Steve (Joy) and sister, Carolyn (Jack) and their children. During his childhood, John lived in Great Falls, MT, Spokane, WA, Ephrata, WA and Moses Lake, WA. When his family moved to CA he attended St Anthony’s High School in Long Beach and graduated in 1963. He received a Degree in Associate Arts from Long Beach City College in 1965. He then attended UCLA from 1965-1966 where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. From 1966-1967 he attended Cal State Long Beach. From 1967-1971 he studied dentistry at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. He did a dental internship at UCSF, Mt Zion Hospital from 1971-72. John then moved to New Orleans to study Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry and received his OMS degree in 1975. He also was a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was in private practice in New Orleans until he and Barbara relocated to San Jose, CA in 1981. He began his own solo practice in 1986 until the medical problems from his cancer forced him to retire in 2007. He was a member of California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Santa Clara County Dental Society where he served as Chairman of the Diversion Committee to help dentists and dental personnel get treatment for chemical dependency problems. John was very proud of his 37 years of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous and shared his story with many people in order to help and encourage them.
He was an avid student of natural healing and alternative medicine and earned a certificate in Head and Neck Acupuncture in 1993 from the CA Certified Acupuncturists Association at UCSF School of Dentistry Dept of Continuing Education. John was devoted to his wife and their canine “fur kids” (Scruffy, Casey, Maggie, Sudi and Fiona), and enjoyed RV travel with them for many years. He loved working outdoors on their vacation property in Placerville, CA from 1999-2013. John was known for his kindness, gentleness, humor, and his sweet smile that charmed everyone. During the past 5 years he was cared for with love at home by his wife and very special home care “family”, George Mirabella, Blanca Rosas, Kenia Santiago, Myrna Ababa, and Stephen Fradera, PT. God bless them for all they did to make life more comfortable and enjoyable during those years.
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