John Kim Memorial Fund

$61,040 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 493 people in 23 months



Update: See flyer for memorial service information.

Dear all,

For those who don't know me, my name is Shu Ping Guan. As some of you know, Mr. John Kim passed away on April 20th. He was my Academic Decathlon coach and mentor when I was a student at Belmont HS (Class of 2000). Fortunately for me, after graduation, he remained a mentor and became a friend. I saw him mature into a happy husband and then a joyous father (three times over). All the while, he continued to work tirelessly for his students.

The work of a dedicated educator demanded an unfathomable amount of his time. Much of them are unseen and not celebrated. If you are reading this, you are probably one of those students that Mr. Kim helped or a colleague who witnessed his unfailing commitment to his students. If so, you can send those memories and photos (preferably by noon this Thursday April 27) to JohnJKim2017@gmail.com. These will be used for a slideshow and program at his memorial (date TBD). And hopefully, this email account (and the collection of memories that it holds) will give his young daughters a small glimpse of the impact that their daddy had on us all. Furthermore, a contribution to the John Kim Memorial Fund would greatly help his family during this sad time: https://www.gofundme.com/john-kim-support-fund

Please feel free to pass this along to any person, groups, or networks that would want to contribute. If you have any questions, you can also send an email to that account.

Sincerely,
Shu Ping






On April 20th, 2017 John Kim died unexpectedly and left behind his wife Sarah, his daughters Amelia (14), Cameron (10) and Serena (7).  Our communities at Eagle Rock Jr/Sr High, Belmont High School, and Solano Avenue Elementary have lost a beloved colleague, educator and friend.  Any donation will help cover funeral costs and help the single income family.



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See flyer for memorial service information.


Dear all,

For those who don't know me, my name is Shu Ping Guan. As some of you know, Mr. John Kim passed away on April 20th. He was my Academic Decathlon coach and mentor when I was a student at Belmont HS (Class of 2000). Fortunately for me, after graduation, he remained a mentor and became a friend. I saw him mature into a happy husband and then a joyous father (three times over). All the while, he continued to work tirelessly for his students.

The work of a dedicated educator demanded an unfathomable amount of his time. Much of them are unseen and not celebrated. If you are reading this, you are probably one of those students that Mr. Kim helped or a colleague who witnessed his unfailing commitment to his students. If so, you can send those memories and photos (preferably by noon this Thursday April 27) to JohnJKim2017@gmail.com. These will be used for a slideshow and program at his memorial (date TBD). And hopefully, this email account (and the collection of memories that it holds) will give his young daughters a small glimpse of the impact that their daddy had on us all. Furthermore, a contribution to the John Kim Memorial Fund would greatly help his family during this sad time: https://www.gofundme.com/john-kim-support-fund

Please feel free to pass this along to any person, groups, or networks that would want to contribute. If you have any questions, you can also send an email to that account.

Sincerely,
Shu Ping
Memorial Services
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Thank you all for your support. A memorial slideshow is being created of John, please forward any photos and stories to johnjkim2017@gmail.com .
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Esteban Uribe
23 months ago
4
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Mr. Kim was an amazing and passionate chemistry teacher and recognized in me the potential to do anything I set my mind to. I remember him taking the time to teach me and another friend advanced chemistry outside of the classroom on the weekends so we could attempt the AP Chemistry exam. He coached our academic decathlon team and even when I ended up as an alternate for an amazing team, he was always welcoming and letting me come along and learn with the rest of the team. I never felt excluded or overlooked. He was a true scholar and has had a tremendous impact on what I've done and where I've ended up. I was very lucky to have Mr. Kim as a teacher, a coach and a mentor.

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Eve Castro
23 months ago
3
3

Mr. Kim was my teacher 21 years ago. I still remember him, he was very nice with all of us in class. He will definitely be remembered. My deepest condolences to his family.

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Olga Yohanna Martinez
23 months ago
2
2

My condolences to his family. May God guide you and give you strength. . You will have an angel watching over you.

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Kevin Eye Q
22 months ago
1
1

As a bit of a low-key trouble maker back in the Belmont days, I was entertained by slamming doors on unsuspecting classes. I may have already done it a couple, maybe several, ok many times already to Mr. Kim's class. One time, he decided to chase me down from the blue floor (I think it was the 4th floor), down the stairs of the north wing (I think that's what it's called), across the flats to the bleachers, and then downstairs to the track. I was running out of options and was hoping the gate was open to Loma and Beverly. At this time, I was convinced Mr. Kim was gonna beat my ass, so I jumped on the locked fence, got climbing and never looked back. As I ran home, I imagined him standing in a cloud of dust from the dirt track behind the locked fence self affirming that "the hunt is on"...whilst applying war paint on his face, sounding the battle horn. When I got home, I thought to myself, damn...this guy is crazy athletic, but I had a feeling it wasn't over. Good thing he wasn't a good climber otherwise he seriously would've horse-collared me on Beverly. The next day, as I left a class to go to the restroom, we just happened to cross paths in the quiet, noiseless hallway. I didn't prepare a reason or story to talk my way out of this inevitable situation so I quickly learned that "oh crap" wasn't just a statement, but indeed a facial expression. Mr. Kim, being the adult, knew exactly what to say. "So Kevin, looks like you have nothing better to do". Indeed I didn't.

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Rosa Gomez
22 months ago
1
1

My dearest condolences go to the family. Mr. Kim was very genuine and always willing to help. He will be remembered for making an impact in many peoples lives, including my own. RIP Mr. Kim.

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Jasmin Riehl Jimeno
23 months ago
1
1

The first time I met John Kim was when I was in 7th grade. He was either dropping off my older brother or picking him up from the apartment for some type of school activity. I later had him for Chemistry and Decathlon and he also picked me up or dropped my off when I needed transportation. He was a dedicated educator, the best student advocate and cheerleader, and had an unmatched commitment to encouraging the reality of higher education to his students. Thank you for all your hard work all those years. Teachers and mentors like you are what is right in this world.

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Laura Diaz
23 months ago
1
1

Mr. Kim was an excellent counselor and such an amazing person. I will never forget the help an advice I received from him during my last year of high school. He would always be present in his office when ever I had questions or was concerned about college. Mr. Kim always delivered. I remember very clearly in 2010 that a small group of students and I went to LACC to take a placement test. Mr. Kim was there with all of us. May he rest in piece and his family has my condolences.

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Rosanna MJ Alulema
23 months ago
1
1

Condolences on behalf of the Alulema family.

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Jacqueline Cuatete
23 months ago
1
1

Condolences on behalf of the Cuatete family.

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Aaron Borgeson
17 months ago
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I met John once. I am a college recruiter and was able to have the pleasure of working with him. John was such a light and a welcoming soul. I still remember that he was the only individual to ever offer me lunch during a visit.

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Jennifer Nicholas
20 months ago

I met John in 1988 when we trained together as peer advisers (counselors) at Miami of Ohio. I was a year behind John. Influenced by John's lead, I joined Teach for America when I graduated. We both ended up teaching for LAUSD and John was an invaluable mentor to me. John never wavered from his commitment to teaching and improving the lives of his students, for which I have the utmost respect. John was truly one of a kind. Reading the comments on this site confirms what I knew about John when he was a young man-- he was guided by an immensely positive force in the universe that few people I have ever met are aligned with. I am sending you love and strength.

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Owens-Flores Family
22 months ago

Mr. Kim, you were like family to us. We will miss you and your kind soul. (From Gabe: you changed my life, and I will never forget your help. I wouldn't be where I am here today without you).

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Esteban Uribe
23 months ago
4
4

Mr. Kim was an amazing and passionate chemistry teacher and recognized in me the potential to do anything I set my mind to. I remember him taking the time to teach me and another friend advanced chemistry outside of the classroom on the weekends so we could attempt the AP Chemistry exam. He coached our academic decathlon team and even when I ended up as an alternate for an amazing team, he was always welcoming and letting me come along and learn with the rest of the team. I never felt excluded or overlooked. He was a true scholar and has had a tremendous impact on what I've done and where I've ended up. I was very lucky to have Mr. Kim as a teacher, a coach and a mentor.

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Eve Castro
23 months ago
3
3

Mr. Kim was my teacher 21 years ago. I still remember him, he was very nice with all of us in class. He will definitely be remembered. My deepest condolences to his family.

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Olga Yohanna Martinez
23 months ago
2
2

My condolences to his family. May God guide you and give you strength. . You will have an angel watching over you.

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Kevin Eye Q
22 months ago
1
1

As a bit of a low-key trouble maker back in the Belmont days, I was entertained by slamming doors on unsuspecting classes. I may have already done it a couple, maybe several, ok many times already to Mr. Kim's class. One time, he decided to chase me down from the blue floor (I think it was the 4th floor), down the stairs of the north wing (I think that's what it's called), across the flats to the bleachers, and then downstairs to the track. I was running out of options and was hoping the gate was open to Loma and Beverly. At this time, I was convinced Mr. Kim was gonna beat my ass, so I jumped on the locked fence, got climbing and never looked back. As I ran home, I imagined him standing in a cloud of dust from the dirt track behind the locked fence self affirming that "the hunt is on"...whilst applying war paint on his face, sounding the battle horn. When I got home, I thought to myself, damn...this guy is crazy athletic, but I had a feeling it wasn't over. Good thing he wasn't a good climber otherwise he seriously would've horse-collared me on Beverly. The next day, as I left a class to go to the restroom, we just happened to cross paths in the quiet, noiseless hallway. I didn't prepare a reason or story to talk my way out of this inevitable situation so I quickly learned that "oh crap" wasn't just a statement, but indeed a facial expression. Mr. Kim, being the adult, knew exactly what to say. "So Kevin, looks like you have nothing better to do". Indeed I didn't.

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Rosa Gomez
22 months ago
1
1

My dearest condolences go to the family. Mr. Kim was very genuine and always willing to help. He will be remembered for making an impact in many peoples lives, including my own. RIP Mr. Kim.

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Jasmin Riehl Jimeno
23 months ago
1
1

The first time I met John Kim was when I was in 7th grade. He was either dropping off my older brother or picking him up from the apartment for some type of school activity. I later had him for Chemistry and Decathlon and he also picked me up or dropped my off when I needed transportation. He was a dedicated educator, the best student advocate and cheerleader, and had an unmatched commitment to encouraging the reality of higher education to his students. Thank you for all your hard work all those years. Teachers and mentors like you are what is right in this world.

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Laura Diaz
23 months ago
1
1

Mr. Kim was an excellent counselor and such an amazing person. I will never forget the help an advice I received from him during my last year of high school. He would always be present in his office when ever I had questions or was concerned about college. Mr. Kim always delivered. I remember very clearly in 2010 that a small group of students and I went to LACC to take a placement test. Mr. Kim was there with all of us. May he rest in piece and his family has my condolences.

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Rosanna MJ Alulema
23 months ago
1
1

Condolences on behalf of the Alulema family.

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Jacqueline Cuatete
23 months ago
1
1

Condolences on behalf of the Cuatete family.

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