There’s a lot of joy and laughter in heaven these days. Drew Juvinall just arrived! We’ll all miss this one-of-a-kind, witty, candid, amusingly irreverent, real estate ‘guru’ – and remarkable man – forever. Heaven’s gain is our loss!
Drew came into this world at San Francisco Children’s Hospital and spent the first two-thirds of his 82 years in the Bay Area.
He was bigger than life, incredibly energetic and delighted in living. And he did it his way! He was passionate about real estate, fast cars, the 49ers and barbecuing. He adored his daughter Leigh, and always said how fortunate he was to have found his soulmate, Lana, his partner in real estate, as well as in life.
Drew has innumerable lifelong friends from his college days at the University of the Pacific, Santa Rosa and surrounding cities, who still talk about what he brought to their lives. He developed many friendships in Visalia and Fresno, and particularly during his 20 years in Baja, where he and Lana lived their best lives. He vowed to never leave Baja until his ashes sailed west on the waves; he will get his wish.
Drew was a “sales force” from selling ice cream at Shaw’s Ice Cream during high school in San Bruno, to selling pots and pans in college, to becoming top salesman and manager of Francis Realty, Santa Rosa, after which it was on to leasing an office building in Marin and Sonoma shopping center for his good friend, Ken Niles, “in record time” according to Ken, who went on to say “he was by far the best salesman in Northern California.”
He formed the commercial real estate company of Juvinall-Neiman, with offices in Santa Rosa and Marin which he sold to Grubb & Ellis before moving to Visalia in 1989. He and Lana worked for Fresno office of Grubb & Ellis until the parent company set up an unprecedented satellite office for him in Visalia.
Drew and Lana Jordan formed Jordan & Juvinall Commercial Real Estate. After building their ocean-front “vacation” home in Baja, they moved there permanently and established Rosarito Beach Realty, which became as successful as Drew’s many other endeavors. Never one to be content with the status quo, in February he opened a second office in the La Fonda-La Mission area, which Lana will continue, as Drew wanted.
In Santa Rosa, he left the Fountain Grove Mens Club as his legacy, in Drew’s words “for the purpose of doing absolutely nothing of value,” and they still meet after all these years. He then founded the Sonoma Cutrer Charitable Croquet Tournament, for the purpose of doing things of value. Drew was a member of the Meadowood Country Club in St. Helena, where he spent many hours perfecting the complex strategies of croquet.
In 1992, he gathered together a group of prominent Visalia business and civic leaders to found the Tulare-Kings Counties Business and Industry Forecast. It was attended each year by more than 500 business persons. He qualified for the prestigious Society of Industrial Realtors, was a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Tulare County Economic Development Corp.
In Baja, he was instrumental in founding the Rosarito Chapter of AMPI (Mexican National Assn. of Realtors). He was one of the first proponents for real estate licensing in the State of Baja California, and both he and Lana became licensed Baja brokers. He always retained his California Real Estate Brokers License and continued as a member of NARS.
He delighted children in orphanages and in the hills above Rosarito in his Santa suit where he passed out gifts with a hearty “Ho!Ho!Ho!”
Above all, he was infamous for his “priest robes”, always saying “bless you my children” and relishing everyone’s response. With that twinkle in his eye, he made an equally good Santa and benevolent priest.
He was welcomed with open arms into the pearly gates by his dad, Methodist minister Andrew Juvinall, mother Florence and brother Ralph. Also on hand to greet him were buddies from various times in his life, including some of his fraternity brothers as well as some who rented from him at his “home for unwed fathers.”
He leaves behind his wife Lana Jordan Juvinall, daughter Leigh Konopka (Jeff), grandchildren Taylor and Morgan McGrath, Maddison Nickel, Dylan, Brian and Bradley Konopka, sister Jaqui Zwick ( Steve), sister-in-law Nancy Juvinall, step-children Mike and Brad Nickel, Christine Estrada and Jill Schweder, nephews Peter and Christopher Juvinall, godson Gabriel Deutsch and a large contingent of sad friends.
A celebration of life to be announced. Memories are welcome and may be shared at email@example.com.
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