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In Memory

John Kubas (Teacher)

John Kubas (Teacher)

Born:  August 26, 1936, Los Angeles, CA

Died:  February 17, 2002, Newport Beach, CA

Kubas, John Creighton 
Loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2002 in Newport Beach. He was 65. With the aid of a football scholarship, John graduated from USC with a Bachelors Degree in US History in 1958. For the next fifteen years he served as History teacher and Varsity Basketball coach for Santa Ana Valley High School. For the last thirty years he has been widely known as the founder and owner of Villageway Management. John was known for his honesty, integrity and devotion to family, friends and business associates. John's openness and engaging smile will be missed by all. John is survived by Ardis Kubas his wife of 22 years, his mother, six brothers, two sisters, three sons, four daughters, 6 grandchildren (two more on the way), and 27 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Leukemia Society of America, 2333 No. Broadway, Suite 320, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2002, 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660.


Published in the Los Angeles Times on February 21, 2001

Note: Mr. Kubas' wife, Ardis is Ardie Le Roux from the SAV class of 1965.

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04/14/16 10:27 AM #2    

Nina Emry (Wiley)

We will always remember Mr. Kubas as history teacher, basketball coach and friend.  He used to give me and Tim a hard time as we stood outside his class waiting for the bell to ring.  His hard sole wingtips and the way he would say "Relaaaxxxx" still echo through our minds.  In my yearbook he asked if he would be invited to our wedding.  He was and he came.  He is one of our most memorable people from High School.

04/14/16 06:09 PM #3    

Marilyn Grimble (Weiss)

Was a great history teacher. Made the facts, come alive. He was really interested in his students. So sorry he died so young. Lyn Weiss (Grimble)

04/15/16 08:27 AM #4    

Ken Cachat

Mr. Kubas was also one of my favorites at Valley.  For me, he was always Coach Kubas as he coached the B basketball team that I was on as a sophomore and the JV's the next year when I was a junior.  The record of that B team my sophomore year was 1 win and 22 losses. Needless to say, it was a very rough year and we all learned how to lose together.  The next year, the JV team, with many of the same guys on it, won the league championship.  We experienced redemption and what it felt like to win together.  Coach Kubas was with us through it all and helped to shape and mold us.  I had forgotten about Relaaaxxx! 


04/15/16 09:38 AM #5    

Larry Fulcher

"Relax Gentlemen"....my favorite Coach K quote.  Coach was young and could relate to a bunch of knuckleheads like we were.  Even when being intense, he never got phazed.  Really, Really, Really Good Guy. Unforgettable......Thanks God for letting me know him.

04/15/16 04:48 PM #6    

Larry James Wright

I remember the Relaxxxx--in basketball--coming new to valley from Oklahoma--he and the members of the basketball team were what kept me and my brother Keith going--

04/15/16 06:40 PM #7    

Scott Vernon Craig

I remember his one on one drills in football.  After one particulary tough day he said here is a guy with heart but no talent,  He was a great coach and motivator.  RIP John

04/18/16 06:15 AM #8    

Robert Steve Faulkner

My memory of Mr Kubas was with basketball. I can see him clutching his coffee and giving direction in game time outs. He could be very intense. I remember once he slugged the floor with his fist so hard that I thought ,boy that is gonna hurt later. That may be why he would always use the relax statement to others. John was a super nice and dedicated person as you would ever meet. I remember he drove a 50's model Volvo. I am sure that I remember all those things because I had so much respect for him. RIP John!

06/09/16 11:07 AM #9    

William Carpenter

Here Here!  Mr. Kubas was definately one of the best.  As my PE instructor, it was always the gruff bellowing Relaxxx, drill instructor like call to attention that settled everyone down.  Rest easy Coach Kubas..

08/15/16 01:20 PM #10    

Danny Nicholas

Threw me out of our Freshman Dance in 1963 because of my bad attitude; and I was class president at the time and in charge of the event.  Reeelaxxxxx indeed.  Nina has it right.  Coach Kubas tought me leadership;  a tough love guy to the finish.  He stood up for me and my alledged "improved attitude" a couple years later during an 1966 awards banquet when a I was a senior.  I'll always remember him playing a 45rpm "Fifteen Tons and What Do You Get by Tennesee Williams, teaching us about American History and union run towns and lack of workers rights back in the day.  A man's man.  Can't believe at 68 that I've outlived him.  He was for sure a man "made out of mud; made outta muscel and blood"; for sure...


08/16/16 10:12 AM #11    

Carolyn Tupper (Griffith)

I just saw this information on Mr Kubas, my all time favorite teacher at Valley.  He instilled a love for history of all kinds in me.  His teaching excited my young mind and gave my a passion to be a history major (that is something still on my bucket list).  I remember you telling me, "It's never too late to do the right thing"


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