John Phippen (October 10, 2017)

We adjourn tonight’s meeting in memory of John Phippen. John, like many other country fans, was enjoying the music festival in Las Vegas when the unthinkable happened.

John lost his life while he was trying to shield others from the gunfire.

We can tell by the outpour of support that John was a very loved man in our community. John was a graduate from Valencia High School and ran a home remodeling and repair company in Valencia called
JP Specialties.

During his free time John loved to be outdoors and go beach camping. He was a father of six children and grandfather to one. Tragically, John also lost his wife and mother of his children just three years ago.
In a post by one of his neighbors it was shared that John had a huge heart and a larger than life personality. He was someone who would always have your back.

John passed away on Monday, October 2 in the hospital. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they mourn their loss. We know the community will forever cherish his lasting memory.

Losing one of our residents in such a tragic way is absolutely heartbreaking and I know our community is grieving with the victims and everyone impacted by the Vegas shooting. More than two dozen Santa Clarita residents attended the concert and some were wounded and are still in recovery.

On behalf of the City, I’d like to invite the community to come together on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at Marketplace Park, located on the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Grandview Drive near Real Life Church, for a candlelight vigil supporting local victims of the Las Vegas massacre.

We are calling this vigil “Pray for Vegas” and it will be an opportunity for residents of the Santa Clarita Valley to provide support, hope and healing for all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

This event is a community collaboration spearheaded by Real Life Church, The Santa Clarita Coalition, KHTS Radio, The City of Santa Clarita and many other local organizations. For more information, please visit

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