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“I was shocked to learn of JD's passing. He was a member of our 2001 Pasadena City College Conference Championship football team. I also respected how...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Tom Maher - Pasadena, CA

“I am so sorry for your loss. My times with J.D. were some of my fondest memories and I considered him my mentor, friend, and a brother. I moved...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Connor Lynch - Strongsville, OH

“Dear John, Terry & Family,Although we have not been in contact for many years, it is heartbreaking to hear of the passing of your son. As a parent, I...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Karen Lott - Santa Clarita, CA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ziska family and close friends of J.D. I remember him well from Highland Oaks. I never heard one bad thing...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Nikki Scatchard - Sebastopol, CA

“The first time I met J.D. was about 9 years ago. I was overcome by his immediate charm and incredible interpersonal skills. Next to his dad, John, no...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Ashley Andrews - Monrovia, CA

“It is with heartfelt sympathy, we wish comfort and peace to the Ziska Family, John, Terry, Brian and Courtney, for this most profound loss in your...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Lori Cappello - Arcadia, CA

“I am so very sorry about his passing. He had his whole life ahead and still to make more family and friends. My heart and soul goes out to his family...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Pam Cooley currierE - Tempe, AZ

“Our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to John, Terry and the entire Ziska family. May your memories and love carry you through these most difficult...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Mark and Shelly Hoherd - Arcadia

“So sorry for your profound loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Wendy Lee - Family Friend

“JD I will always love you ❤You are in my heart forever ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Ziska - Montecito, CA

“Dear Ziska Family, There are no words to express to you how deeply saddened we were to hear about the loss of your son. With the strong support of...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Marilyn Caldwell - La Verne, CA

“You'll never encounter a more adventurous spirit than JD. That's what drew me to him. His sense of humor and loyalty through the ups and downs of...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Josef Timchenko - Glendale, CA

“The Merritt's are so saddened to hear of JD's passing. From our happy days at HRNS to summer vacations and lot's of fun times at the Ziska's pool,...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Liz & Hugh Merritt - Gig Harbor, WA

“Please accept my heartfelt sympathy; I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“I always thought highly of J.D. in high school. Modest, humble, and an all around good guy. I was never super close, and that was probably a...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Patrick Hill


J.D. (John David) Ziska, 35, was born on June 5, 1982, (sharing his birthday with his grandfather: Frank "The Bear" Ziska) in Arcadia, California, to his parents John and Terry (Therese McGuire) Ziska. He was a star quarterback and safety in high school and throughout college, including the University of La Verne. J.D.'s passions included real estate, travel, and sports of any kind. J.D. turned acquaintances into friends and then family wherever he went, whether they met at Santa Anita Park or across the world in his travels abroad. J.D. will be remembered for his love of family and friends. J.D. had a heart of gold and was well loved.

He passed away on July 1, 2017. A service for J.D. will be held Friday, July 7, at 1:00 in the chapel at the Douglass & Zook funeral home, Monrovia, California.