Obituaries: Jon Bush

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday August 23, 2023
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Jon Bush, May 31, 1992. Photo: Daniel Nicoletta
Jon Bush, May 31, 1992. Photo: Daniel Nicoletta

December 3, 1967 — July 3, 2023

Jon died shortly after attending a two-day rave at the Area 15 immersive entertainment district in Las Vegas, Nevada. A friend of Jon's spoke with him on the phone circa 4 a.m. and reported that he seemed fine then, but later his travel companions discovered he died when they checked on him at his hotel after he didn't appear at a scheduled breakfast date with them. It seems Jon died peacefully in his sleep, sometime in the early morning.

Jon was an electronic music composer, a 20-plus year veteran and co-founder of the dance music collective Moontribe. Dance music culture was one of the great loves of his life.

Jon is survived by his father, Dick Bush; siblings Dan, Joseph, and Tim Bush, sister Amy Becker Reilly; and many other kin. Jon's birth mother, Nancy, passed when Jon was 16 years old, and Jon's stepmom Janet preceded him in death 12 years ago.

Jon is also survived by former romantic partners Daved Baker (San Francisco Bay Area) and Jesse Inostros (Los Angeles) and countless friends from many cities. Jon was very loved by a diverse constellation of creative folks that would make his ancestors proud.

Jon began his film work in the heady days of Club Uranus in San Francisco. Jon worked on the award-winning documentary "Sex Is" and many other projects of note, some of which are still posted on his YouTube site.

In 1998, Jon moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where he was fulfilling his dream as a filmmaker, producing and directing his films and writing screenplays. He also had a 20-plus year career as an art direction coordinator for television and film. Jon's manifest destiny was to make the 2015 award-winning film "Club King" about Mario Diaz and the L.A. club scene. "Club King" is an essential documentation of the times, the people, and the culture.

Jon also found family in the Radical Faerie community and had a stalwart connection to the great outdoors.

Parker Fydo Klee will host a potluck memorial for Jon at his home in Novato, California, on Saturday, October 14, at 2 p.m. For the address contact [email protected]

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