We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley
John Matthew Gilkison, Sr. passed away peacefully on May 14, 2022. He is one of two children to John and Marie Gilkison. Born on February 18, 1937, in Chicago, IL, John was brought home to Franklin Park, IL to join his parents and older sister Angie (Klos).
A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, he was an incredible man who led an amazing life. He had a deep love for family and friends. His smile was contagious, and his unique charm brought joy to so many.
John attended and played varsity baseball at Winona State College in Minnesota and was a member of the Marine Core Reserve from 1959 – 1965. He was honorably discharged on March 19, 1965, with rank of E-4.
In 1960, John married a beautiful and special woman, Joni Nigliaccio, which marked the beginning of a remarkable 62 year journey. With his career blossoming and the support of his wife, their passion for children and dreams of having a large family came true. They had 6 children and forged a life of countless beautiful memories.
John was a legend in the golf business for 44 years, 12 with Wilson Sporting Goods and 32 with Titleist Golf, while garnering a reputation of leadership, passion, and mentorship. Known in the business as “Johnny G”, his success was unprecedented and the friendships he cultivated everlasting.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joni; children John, Jr. (passed in 2000), Dan, Mary Beth (Erik), Andy (Janna), Gary (Shannon), Bobby (Christine); grandchildren, Emily, Alivia, Jack, Lillie, Grace, Johnny, Ethan, Audrey, and Lena.
There will be a memorial service for family and friends at St. Isidore Church in Danville, California on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30am with a reception immediately following to share memories and celebrate his life.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
John M. Gilkison, Jr. Scholarship
(TAX ID: 94-9622202)
DVC Foundation c/o John M. Gilkison, Jr. Scholarship
321 Golf Club Rd., SSC building, First Floor, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523