John G. Fleitz, the longtime owner of two marinas in Marina del Rey, passed away peacefully Nov. 14 at his home in Long Beach. He was 82.
Fleitz was born April 20, 1929 in San Pedro and had been a longtime resident of Long Beach.
Self-described as a “good” tennis player, he was the 1948 national junior college champion and earned a scholarship to USC. Fleitz played the Pacific Northwest and Eastern circuits in 1950 and became the 45 Indoor Doubles Champion in 1974.
Beginning in 1954, Fleitz began developing and operating marinas in the Los Angeles harbor area. Over the years he expanded his marina business into San Pedro and Marina del Rey.
Additionally, he was a successful developer of tennis recreation facilities including Palm Desert Tennis Club in Palm Desert and Los Caballeros Sports Village in Fountain Valley.
Fleitz was a cherished husband, father, grandpa, and friend whose presence will be missed each and every day.
First and foremost, he was a family man who cherished his family above all else, including his Holiday Harbor family. Fleitz was truly a man of integrity whose actions personified his values, friends said. His dry sense of humor was legendary, as he was, especially in the fields of marina recreation and fitness center development, they added.
Fleitz is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Beverly Fleitz; children, Kimberly Duarte-Fleitz, Julie Kazarian, Lisa Wetherell and Jamie Phillips; and grandchildren, Kristen, Jeff, Brittany, Jon, Katie, Jackson, Daniel, Courtney, Irene and Mitchell.
A celebration of his life was held at Holiday Harbor in San Pedro Nov. 21.
A memorial fund in Fleitz’s name benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association has been set up at http://act.alz.org/goto/Johnfleitz.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association fund or the Hospice Foundation of America at www.hospicefoundation.org.