John Pedone, a 40 year old resident of Granada Hills, tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident in Valley Glen on Friday, May 4, 2012.
A lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley, he graduated from El Camino High School.
John was a veteran lighting technician and member of The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. He worked on hundreds of films, TV shows, theatrical productions, concerts, festivals and events, where he brought skill and a love of his craft and the arts to everything he worked on.
He helped countless people to find jobs and work in his industry, and was instrumental in making many great projects happen that brought joy to the community.
John Pedone was the godfather of the Mystikal Misfits Burning Man camp, and was the architect behind the crazy, amazing structure of our camp every year. His opus magnum was the Waldorf Mystoria Hotel, our camp in 2010 (Metropolis theme), which in addition to a bar and lounge with live music and a different hotel convention every day, 4 stories high and a spiral grand staircase, had a working elevator with stops as the second, third and fourth floors, in which we took Burners in wheelchairs up to the top to see the view all week long.
He was also an artist, skydiver, motorcycle rider, scuba diver, stilt walker and clown.
He is survived by two brothers and his mother, and a huge community of friends on the playa and off, his Mystikal Misfits Framily, and co-workers who will always remember him and miss him greatly.