John "Hap" McGivern's Memorial Service (CHS 1980)

  • 20 Aug 2016
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale AZ

John "Hap" McGivern Jr.
June 6, 1962 to August 12, 2016


                  Hap was always a very special part of our 
                  Supai 1976/Coronado 1980 family and will
                       be missed immensely!    Alan & Tammy                                                                                                                                 

Obituary posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

John "Hap" McGivern Jr., 54, of Scottsdale, passed away after battling cancer on August 12, 2016. John was born June 6, 1962 in Tempe, AZ to John Sr. "Jack" and Janice McGivern. He was always such a happy child that he quickly earned the nickname "Hap" which stuck with him the rest of his life. He was the kind of guy who was loved by all for his happy-go-lucky, good natured personality. Hap grew up in Scottsdale, attended Supai School and played in the marching band at Coronado High School. After high school, he lived briefly in Boulder, CO and then returned to AZ to study Graphic Design. In 1995, he married Debbie Lofboom and settled in Scottsdale. He worked for the Scottsdale School District as a landscaper at Coronado High for many years and then moved on to become a supervisor with AAA Landscape. Always the talented artist, he took great pride in his landscaping skills and enjoyed decorating his yard during holidays. Hap was proud to be an Arizona native, loved classic rock music (especially the Rolling Stones) and was a loyal Denver Broncos fan. Hap is survived by his wife, Debbie McGivern, son Dustin Szotek of Mesa, mother Janice McGivern of Scottsdale, sister Jill Myrick (Todd) of Tempe, half-sisters Kim Johnson and Jacci Colaneri of OH, aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, countless lifelong friends and most of all, his beloved dog, Saydee. He was preceded in death by his father, John "Jack" McGivern and grandparents. Services will be held at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 3 pm with a visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Hap's name to Hospice of the Valley , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Rest in peace, Hap Happy Hapster Happers. You will be missed beyond words and be forever in our hearts.

Link to Hap's Obituary:  John "Hap" McGivern
Great photo gallery included! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Funeral Service
Saturday, August 20, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 20, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

If you would like to donate to Hap's medical and funeral expenses, please visit:

Hap's history on 

For those who have ever known John "Hap" McGivern, they know that he's a fun-loving, happy guy who makes friends wherever he goes. He is currently in hospice care and has a short time left to live.

Hap's health suffered a big blow 10 years ago when he was diagnosed with throat cancer.  He endured surgery, radiation & chemotherapy to fight the disease.  His cancer went into remission, but the radiation left its mark on Hap by deteriorating the right side of his head.  

Four years ago, a blood clot formed in the artery near his brain due to the scarring and he suffered a stroke while landscaping. The stroke left him permanently blind in his right eye and paralyzed the left side of his body.  He went through months of physical therapy to regain some strength on his left side, but could never fully recuperate.  Unfortunately, he was unable to work and could not successfully get Social Security to approve his request for assistance.

In April 2016, a new tumor formed in Hap's mouth which left him unable to eat due to excruciating pain.  His body became frail due to malnutrition, so he had a peg inserted in his stomach for liquid nutrition.  The last 3 months have been full of hospital & rehab stays due to 2 bouts of pneumonia.

Two days ago, the doctors determined that there was nothing more that could be done because his body could no longer fight the pneumonia nor tolerate any type of cancer treatment.   His nutrition and hydration lines were removed and he was transferred to hospice.

Over the last 4 years, Hap & Debbie have had to use up their entire life savings just to keep the bills paid.  He did not have life insurance, either.  They have no way to pay the medical bills that they've incurred over the last few months, nor do they have money saved for funeral expenses.  
Debbie is not the type of person to ask for help, but this isn't something  she can handle by herself.  Anything that you could donate to help her in this time of need would be hugely appreciated.

Link to Hap's Facebook page:   Hap McGivern

R.I.P. Hap - You will always be so much loved and missed! Our hearts go out to the McGivern family.  Much thanks to his sister Jill for keeping us all updated. 

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