7/18/1949 – 12/1/2020
Jonathan Mako Sharkey, 71, succumbed to brain cancer on December 1, 2020. He was a gifted keyboard player. While he held 16 album credits with other artists, he recorded two solo albums (“Voyager,” “West of Malibu”) that feature original songs and a unique Dr. John-type singing voice.
In addition to his musical career, Jon was a long-serving elected official. Raised in Massachusetts — where politics, as a sport, ranks right behind the Red Sox — he came to elected office for all the right reasons. As a result, Jon served continuously on the City Council from 1994-2018, the second longest term in the history of Port Hueneme. His colleagues elected him as Mayor a whopping five times.
A 1971 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Jon loved New England sports, worldwide travel, and learning new skills. He took up flying and earned a pilot’s license. He took acrobatic flying lessons, sprint car racing courses, and was certified as a stunt car driver. He could converse in multiple languages and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of history.
Most of all, Jon cherished his family. He is mourned by wife Beverly, son Nathan, stepsons Brendan and Trevor, grandsons Maxwell and Elliott. A New Orleans-style Celebration of Life will be scheduled after COVID is over.