Dr. John Simon Massare, DC

Johns professional pic (2)Dr. John Simon Massare, DC, age 41, passed away into the loving arms of the Lord on December 7, 2015, at his residence surrounded by love following his courageous battle with cancer. Viewing will be held at 5-8 pm on Friday, December 11, 2015, and funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas.

John was born December 19th, 1973 in Rochester, New York to proud parents, Susan and John Massare. As a young child, John instantly fell in love with Star Wars from his first viewing of the movie… as well as original Star Trek episodes from which he later credited Dr. “Bones” McCoy for steering him in the direction of medicine. At around the age of 13, his family moved to Norcross, Georgia where he met and instantly formed the life-long friendships we could only dream to receive in life. Following high school, John then went on to college at the University of Georgia where he continued to impact all those he met. He had cherished memories of being an athletic trainer and walk-on member of the SEC Champion tennis team, forming a uniquely special bond with his team members and coach. John was always known for his entertaining stories, of which he loved to repeat often… and both high school and college supplied him with many.

John then continued his doctorate education at Life Chiropractic College in Atlanta, and finishing his education at Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas. It was here in Texas he almost instantaneously met his third set of amazing life friends, a group of like-minded gaming individuals known as the Harbingers. He also met the love of his life Melanie, with whom he spent a wonderful 9 years of marriage together. Upon graduation, Dr. John worked at Hatmaker Chiropractic from 2004-2012 helping his patients in his professional loving and caring spirit. After receiving his diagnosis of cancer, he had to step away from practicing to focus more on his health. Following the first year of chemotherapy, he was blessed with his dream job of being a professor at Texas Chiropractic College. He felt an unmeasurable amount of reward in being part of students’ education these past 2 years, and treasured the friendships formed with the staff.

Lastly, John and his wife were blessed to have a 4th key set of tremendous friends, joining the UTMB cancer support group. The members not only provided support and encouragement in every step of John’s battle, but the kind of relatable strong connection only ones touched so deeply by cancer can understand.

John is survived by his loving wife, Melanie, his parents, Susan and John Massare, his parents-in-law, Barbara and Lewis Nunley, sister-in-law Amanda Nunley, brother-in-law Craig Nunley and wife Vanessa and nephews, Tyler, Hudson, and Nathan, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


  1. There is no emotion there is Peace There is no ignorance there is Knowledge There is no passion there is Serenity There is no chaos the is Harmony There is no death There is the Force and Johnny’s Force will be with us always his loving aunt celeste

    celeste wintersw
  2. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss
    Nancy Trapani

    Nancy Trapani
  3. John was an amazing person. I met him at UGA and we worked together in the athletic department. I always liked working and hanging out with him. He had that personality that you could never get enough of. I’m thankful for the time I was able to know and interact with him. Blessings and peace to his family.

    Ben Haynes
  4. REST IN PEACE John, my heart felt condolences to Melanie and her family and John’s family during this very sad time. He will be greatly missed.

    Debra Watson
  5. Melanie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful and kind person.I have enjoy reading his and your blogs ond updates on his status and conditions because I am a nurse and it has helped me professionally and personally to be a part of the “other side” of healthcare! Thanks for your honesty and openedness in sharing the most difficult time of your life. I am sad that John will not get to see his star wars birthday party! My prayers go out to you and all of John’s family during this time.

    Sally dersch
  6. John, you have fought the good fight and now it is time to rest. Melanie, Barbara and Lewis our sincere condolences.

    Jerry and Ginny Griffith
  7. Melanie,
    So very sorry to hear of John’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God bless you now and always.

    Linda Green
  8. Susan, May John’s journey into peace take him to a happy place…….and may the soft winds of heaven blow gently through your heart with his memory. Thinking of you today and sending all my love to you on angels wings. I will be there in heart and spirit as you bid farewell to your beloved son. With love, your childhood girlfriend Kathy from Arizona.

    Kathy Dyrland Webster
  9. Melanie, my sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers with you during this very difficult times.

    Elina M. Long
  10. Please accept my condolences in your loss. When death separates family members, deep sorrow results. May you find comfort and hope in God’s Word where we have his promise that all the things that cause us grief will be done away with including death- Revelation 21 : 3,4.

  11. I was a patient of Dr. Massare for several years. He was my savior and I looked forwards to visiting with him every month when I went to see him for an adjustment,. Such warmth and kindness in his soul. I cried for months after he got sick. I hope he is in the loving arms of God now. My condolences to his wife and family that he so loved.

    Klela Bentley

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