JOHN MICHAEL CHAN, a former high school teacher, entrepreneur, artist, and resident of Lethbridge, AB passed away unexpectedly on November 20, 2020 at the age of 72.
John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy Chan (nee Lee); their children, Rylan (Molly) Chan, Jasmine (Wayne) Burton, and Jade (Michael) Goodman and 14 grandchildren; his sister Linda (Don) Lu, Steven Chan, and Lisa Chan and was loved by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Bill and Lili Chan, and baby sister Chan.
John was born in Canton, China on May 27, 1948. At the age of 8, he immigrated to Canada on his own, to live with his grandfather in Medicine Hat. He attended university at Oregon State University but eventually moved to Lethbridge where he continued his studies. It was at this time that he met his eternal sweetheart Judy. After a very short engagement, they were married in July 1972. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree as well as a Bachelor of Education degree. John taught high school sciences, art, and math and coached volleyball in Manyberries, Bow Island and Raymond High School. “Mr. Chan” was well known for being a great educator and received recognition from Brigham Young University from his many former students – many who have attested how well he prepared them for secondary education and more importantly, life in general. In 1978, after 20 years of separation, John was able to sponsor his family over from China.
As an entrepreneur, John and Judy started multiple businesses including Rainbow Tees, Just Tees’n, The Panda Restaurant, Season’s Restaurant, The Rib Cage, Chopstix, and Subway. John was also a very talented artist. He worked with charcoal, watercolors and specialized in pointillism. Some of his best known works are his pointillism art of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temples and the Christus.
He loved food and family. John was known for cooking many Chinese meals and inviting friends and family over to share in his delicious dinners. He was quick to greet you with a friendly, “hello” and was often very self-deprecating with his Chinese accent when speaking English. He loved taking pictures of his food almost as much as he loved eating good food. He loved family history and tracing his ancestry back to the early dynasties in China.
John was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served in many leadership capacities including two missions with Judy to Hong Kong and New Brunswick.
Viewing will take place on Tuesday, November 24 from 7:00-8:00pm at SALMON AND SONS FUNERAL HOME. Friends can also meet the family prior to the Funeral Service on November 25, 2020 from 10:00-10:45am at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS located at 2213 – 6 ‘A’ Avenue North, Lethbridge, AB. Please wait in your vehicle for a staff member to bring you inside, and please wear a mask.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held.