John Segura was born in Bisbee, Arizona on August 14, 1936. He passed away on October 25, 2023 at the age of 87 after battling the effects from a second stroke. John was preceded in death by his father Juan and mother Elvira Segura. He was also predeceased by, and now reunited with, his eldest son Michael Bruno (1962-1986), and his siblings Mary Hoopes, Peter Segura, and Elvira Langton. John leaves behind surviving family members including his ex-wife Elaine Segura, his second son Peter Segura and wife Shanna, and grandson Jake. Also, his third son Nick Segura and wife Denise, and grandchildren Demi and Mitchell.
As a young boy, John mostly lived in Bisbee Arizona and Cananea Mexico. He graduated high school in Bisbee Arizona and was drafted into the Army where he was stationed in Chicago Illinois – this is where he met his spouse, Elaine Schlau. They moved to Tucson Arizona and started a family. John adored his three sons and cherished family time by engaging in various activities and taking regular trips to their place on the beach in Puerto Penasco Mexico to enjoy the surf, sand and to explore nature. John also was an aviation enthusiast, and together with his friend Fritz, built and flew the very first gyrocopters in Tucson. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed a good game of billiards.
John created numerous projects for himself and his sons throughout the years. While his sons were in their teens, he planned a major undertaking that involved the assembling a prefabricated geodesic dome cabin together in just five days on his property 16 miles north of Show Low Arizona.
In his early years in Tucson John joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce (TJCC) where he participated in numerous community outreach programs. He also earned an associate degree in applied science management from Pima Community College.
John’s work career began in the Bisbee mines, but he quit to attend the University of Arizona and major in Engineering. After two years, he quit college to return to the mines to earn more money, which is when he was drafted into the Army. He was honorably discharged two years later. When he returned to Tucson, he found employment with Sherwin Williams paint company before entering a lengthy career in pharmaceutical sales industry with Stuart/ICI America/AstraZeneca. He was highly respected by doctors and nurses and claimed a top salesman status. John retired early at the age of 57 and then started a hobby of blacksmithing, where he developed a strong connection with the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association.
John was a social creature, who was charismatic and intelligent, and was admired by his friends, business associates and family. He was well known for being handy, quick-witted and always willing to give a helping hand.
John will be remembered by his family for the lessons he taught them, and for the memories they made together.