Marcelino Tizon Natividad Jr, aka, John Natividad, a resident of Las Vegas, NV for 45 years has been blessed to join his Lord in heaven on August 13, 2021, in Las Vegas, NV.
John was born on November 29, 1946, in the Philippines of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent. Although born in the Philippines, at 6 months old, he and his parents moved to Hawaii which he always thought of as home. John known in the karate community as, Grand Master Natividad, devoted his life to the sport of Karate. At the age of 19 he began studying Tang Soo Do with Chuck Norris and upon death held the highest level of 10th degree Black Belt. Prior to John’s retirement from competition in 1975, he won many championship titles where 1973 was his biggest year. Between 1970 and 1973 he won more than 20 first place, grand championship and championship titles, as well as, defeated the top five National Ranked competitors which earned him the title of “Giant Killer” that night. John was a member of Chuck Norris’ Championship team that went undefeated for 7 years. He also had the great opportunity to travel with the United States Championship Karate Team, which also won every team event they fought internationally. He received the Golden Fist Award for Best Offensive Fighter and Technician from 1972 to 1974. He has been inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame and Masters Hall of Fame, as well as, many others honors afforded him by his peers in the sport. Until several months prior to his death, he still showed up in person at the karate studio to support his students that were a huge part of his life. He loved the sport until the end.
John was known for his big smile and making people laugh, always having that “Happy Go Lucky Hawaiian Spirit”. He loved his family and spending time with them. He always wanted to have a good time, wanting everyone around him to have a good time too. Even in karate competitions he always had a little grin when he toyed with his opponent. He loved every one of his students, demanding perfection because he wanted them to be the best they could be. He was content to sleep on the beach and always wanted to wear flip flops even when wearing dress clothes. He was a very hard worker and completely devoted to his work, always trying to better himself and others around him. He was always happy to travel and to enjoy events that those he loved enjoyed and participated in. Just days prior to his death he was excited for his upcoming first granddaughters wedding and was speaking about making the arrangements to get there in November. He was proceeded in death by “The Love of his life” who he called “Judy Blue Eyes”. His parents Marcelino Thomas Natividad and Tarcela Lucero Tizon-Natividad-Mitchell also proceeded him in death. Those terribly saddened by his passing include: Joseph Natividad, Leonora Tizon Natividad-Huffman, Tonya Sotero-Knoll-Warren, Nani Natividad-Sciortino, Jina Jenacaro, Jarrin Harrison, and (17) grandchildren and (1) great grandchild. He will truly be missed but forever in our hearts.