Jon "Cougar" Balagot 47 years of life

by Debbie Hernandez
(San Pedro, CA, USA)

Cougar and Kud'r at beach in 2008

Cougar and Kud'r at beach in 2008

My love was born June Clemente Balagot, and changed his name to Jon Clemente Balagot in 2006, better know as Cougar. He grew up in Harbor Hills Housing, Lomita, California. He was raised by his mother Amelia, whom he respected and loved loyally.

He has two sisters, LaVette and Wonder, whom he loved very much. Cougar went to Eshelman Elementary, then Dodson Jr. High, Narbonne High School, and Harbor College. He was a very good student all through his education. He was a quarterback at Narbonne High School, and was also 7th best in the United States, in Tennis.

Cougar loved music, surfing, motorcycles, playing darts, pool, laughing and dancing. He married his childhood sweetheart, Lydia, whom he loved loyally, right after high school, they divorced 12 years later.

Then he met Debbie Baca in 1997, the love of his life, until his passing. He moved to Washington State with his sister LaVette, and Debbie soon followed. He and Debbie lived on a beautiful horse ranch in Renton, WA for two years. They raised their beautiful chocolate labrador retriever, Kud'r, from a puppy. Kud'r is his only child. Kud'r is loved by many, in honor of Cougar. They all moved back to California to be together again, in 2007.

He was a very intelligent man, he could fix anything that was broken. He was very kind, polite and caring. Anyone that was blessed by knowing him had respect for him. Cougar was always very loyal to the people he loved, always. He loved six children with all of his heart and soul, Stephen, Alex, Laura Love, Josiah, Lydia and Alijah. They all loved him very much. His best friend was Jeff.

Cougar became Muslim a few years ago, and stayed strong in his beliefs. He gave the best advice to all who sought it from him. Amazingly, he always knew the right answer. His loss will affect many lives forever.

He will be missed dearly and loved forever. We will all be with him someday.

Cougar passed on to his eternal life on February 19, 2009 at the age of 47. He was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) in 2005. He had been suffering from it long before.

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Mar 15, 2013
hill billy white boy
by: Tony cook

Im sorry i didnt try harder to keep in touch i wish i had i would have known he was so close in washington i would have loved for my kids and grand kids to have met him i still tell people about our friendship working at fmf our house with the pool filled with dirt i was the one who got him into motorcycles his mom hated it i bet kudr and bubba would a friends to who ever was around in 84 85 &86 lydia gus terry billybob bill danner corey merrit ramon roman email me i really have always missed him he was a good dude

Oct 20, 2010
With Deepest Sympathy
by: Leon Reynolds

To the Family of Cougar, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. By the time I heard and wrote this post, Cougar will have been gone for a couple of years. But for me the shock of his passing is unimaginable. Cougar was one of those persons I admired. He had genuine strength both physical and character. He treated everyone with dignity and respect. I can not recall a memory of Cougar which is not positive and inspirational.

I hope this note finds his surviving family comforted with the peace in the knowledge of knowing Jon is in a better place. Please know that you are never alone, because I know and believe that Cougar's love is still with you and he is not hindered by the laws of the physical world.

Cougar, thank you for being a friend and inspiration. You are missed, but never forgotten.

A friend, Leon

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